Update: Final car wash for Kenya at Park School

After 18 months of washing cars, Barnstaple teenagers hold final fund raising car wash for Africa volunteering trip. Date correction: Event is Saturday, June 9.

A group of students at Park School in Barnstaple will be soaking their sponges and wringing out their chamois leathers for the final time on Saturday, June 9 after 18 months of fund raising.

Together with teacher Gary Ratcliffe, six Year 11 pupils are setting off on July 5 for a month long volunteering in Kenya with Camps International.

Each of the six – Bryony Newnham, Carla Kemish-Mills, Kayleigh Sanders, Jack Hogg, Josh Symonds and Sam Cooper – needed to raise �3,500 for the trip to be possible.

With support from Gary and their parents, they have embarked on a fund raising spree to raise the cash, holding monthly Saturday car washing sessions at the park-and-ride at the school.


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The final one is on June 9 and as many people as possible are invited to come along and help the students towards their goal. Car washing will take place form, 9am-2pm and there will also be activities to keep youngsters entertained, including a tombola and lucky dips.

In addition to washing upwards of 400 cars, among other activities they have organised cake sales at the school and parents helped to organise a Hallowe’en disco.

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Their visit to Africa will include a climbing trip to the top of Mount Kenya, the second highest mountain on the continent.

Mr Ratcliffe said during their four weeks they will carry out a variety of environmental, construction and community work, depending upon what is needed at the time, which could include anything from planting trees to repairing fish farms.

* NOTE: The car wash is on Saturday June 9 and not June 2 as previously published and for which we apologise.

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