Keen teen is raising cash for Africa trip

NEAA eastwood'Lisan is going to tanzania for a  month next year and has to raise �3k. helping build schools, plant shrubs
NEAA eastwood'Lisan is going to tanzania for a month next year and has to raise �3k. helping build schools, plant shrubs

A 16-year-old schoolgirl is embarking on a month-long trip to Africa to help build a new school.

Lisan Hemstock, from Newthorpe, said it was a “once- in-a-lifetime amazing opportunity” and she wanted to help others less fortunate than herself.

She has to raise nearly £5,000 for the trip to Tanzania and has been selling cakes, washing cars and doing car boot sales since October last year.

The Hall Park Academy student said: “It’s an amazing opportunity. I’ll be helping the African communities doing things like building schools, helping provide a normal livelyhood by helping them sell handmade goods and even helping the environment by planting trees.

“It will all help improve the lives of those far less fortunate than us and will also open my eyes to the wider world.”

Lisan – who now has regular car wash customers – has just £1,000 left to raise.

Her dad, Gary Hemstock, said he was “immensely proud” of his daughter.

He said: “When she came home and said she wanted to do it, we thought it was an enormous amount of money to raise by herself.

“However, it was a journey she really wanted to embark on.

“She has done really well. It’s not easy to keep raising money like that.

“We’re immensely proud of her.

By going on the trip, Lisan will earn herself 70 UCAS points, which will help her in her efforts to go to university, where she wants to study to become a coroner or work in the mortuary field.

The group trip next July has been organised by Camps International.

Lisan, who lives in Mill Road, said she wanted to thank everybody who had helped her with her fundraising.

If anybody would like to donate or sponsor Lisan, call 07881 460948.