Sutton 14-year-old Alex Shipp will help deprived people on Ecuador adventure
An intrepid teenager is strapping on his walking boots to take on the adventure of a lifetime and help deprived people in Ecuador.
But, before Sutton boy Alex Shipp can set off to South America, he needs help raising the money to fund his expedition. The 14-year-old has already put his Christmas money towards the venture and is saving his pocket money but is appealing for businesses to sponsor him.
Alex is going on the trip next summer. He will spend three weeks with around 12 friends refurbishing schools, farming cocoa and coffee beans, making and selling goods at local markets, and teaching conversational English and sports to local children.
He will also get involved in wildlife and environmental projects before he spends the final week of his trip relaxing.
Alex, who is an air cadet and wants to join the RAF when he is older, said: "The idea of helping people and making their lives better made me want to go."
If you or your business would be interested in sponsoring Alex you can write to him at 25 Weihurst Gardens, Sutton, Surrey, SM1 4PQ. Cheques can be made payable to Alex Shipp.
You can also support him by shopping through www.easyfundraising.org.uk.