Teenager hosts Cedars Inn variety show to raise money for ‘life changing’ trip to Arfica.

A Barnstaple schoolboy is hoping to take another big step towards a ‘life-changing’ journey to Africa this month.

Park Community School pupil James Sahin is holding a live variety show at the Cedars Inn in Barnstaple on Friday, April 17 to support a 10-day expedition to Uganda this October.

He hopes to join a small group of teenagers planning to volunteer at Kira Farm, a development centre set up by Barnstaple charity Amigos.

James, from Roundswell, will live and work alongside young Ugandans but must fund the trip himself – no easy task for a 15-year-old.

“I’ve never been to Africa before but Kira Farm sounds like an amazing place as it helps educate vulnerable teenagers in Uganda.

“We’ll go to school with them and share a dorm with them so it will be a great chance to understand more about their lifestyle and culture.”

James has been busy raising the £1,800 needed for the trip and has already got more than £800 to show for his efforts.

Mum Jill said: “It’s important that the young people raise the money themselves as it’s a learning experience – it gives them a chance to become independent without having it all handed to them on a plate.”

James has been planning next week’s ‘Pick ‘n’ Mix’ variety show since November and has managed to pull together a top billing of young local talent, including fellow Park students, folk duo Jacob and Finn Houghton; musical theatre singer Olivia Edward; classical guitarist Ollie Kinsella; and clarinettist Alison Bell.

Also on the bill are Fremington teen singer-songwriter Yazzy Chamberlain and all-girl choir Bella Voce.

Tickets are £19 and also include a two course carvery, raffle and disco. They are available from the Cedars Inn on 01271 371784.