Young adventurers

Maisie and Rose plan Ecuador trip - but first need to raise the money!


Two Bishop Monkton girls, Maisie Heap and Rose Cottrell are planning to go on a World Challenge visit to Ecuador in July and August of next year.

They are among 60 students aged 15-17 who will be taking part in the trip. During their time there they will undertake a project which involves helping  villagers to create sources of sustainable income.

In between this work, they will be trekking in the Amazon Jungle, hiking in the Northern Andes and climbing a volcano peak. They will also be visiting the Equator, exploring local markets and going white water rafting.

In order to go, the girls need to raise about £5,000 each to cover transport, food, accommodation, activities, jabs,
equipment and they are already well underway with the fund- raising but still  need a lot more!

To help them with this, a coffee morning is being organised at the Methodist  Chapel on Saturday, June 10 which will be open from 10am until 2pm, and has a tombola and a cake stall.  Everyone is welcome!

Maisie and Rose's World Challenge is being supported by children of Bishop Monkton Methodist Youth Club.

In another fund-raising initiative the girls will be taking part in a sponsored walk.


My time in Madagascar was a never to be forgotten experience, says Rebecca

Rebecca makes a new friend. 

By Rebecca Archbold
Last August  I visited Madagascar with North Yorkshire West Guides.
As well as fundraising for the event we also raised sponsorship money to pay for various projects that we became involved in while we were out there. These projects included house building, garden planting, projects with local children, and meeting with many guides and scouts.
With the money we raised we also funded a 10 man tent so that the Guides and Scouts can also enjoy the experiences of camping as well as providing funds for river bank repairs which prevented a village from being washed away and funded a physiotherapy room so that people with disabilities can access physiotherapy care. 
This trip was like no other that I had experienced, seeing children suffering from the effects of malnutrition, hospital patients with TB, leprosy and many other diseases of poverty. It was very emotional and many tears were shed by everyone on the trip.  We all worked tirelessly throughout the 18 months of our preparation, not only fundraising but also being prepared emotionally for the trip. 

When in Madagascar we endured hours of travelling on unmade roads, stopping en route to hand out food supplies to needy families and sleeping in very unfamiliar conditions often with no running water or toilets.  Eating the  local food was particularly hard knowing that there were children outside with no food. 

However despite all this hardship we all rose to the occasion and took part in all activities with enthusiasm and full of fun, we ensured our feelings were put to one side to give these families and children a fun time whilst they were with us.

Our group will never be forgotten by the people in
Madagascar and I know I will never forget my life changing experience visiting such an amazing country.  
Thank you to everyone who helped and supported me to enable me to go on this journey. The support from the village was huge and I am extremely grateful for all the help you gave me.  

This is one of six houses burned down in a fire
which we paid for to be rebuilt.

Making friends with a group of children at a local

Painting a gazebo and planting a garden at a
local mental hospital.

Painting and decorating a local children's cafateria
for children.