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Sophie’s Trek to Peru to make a difference to young lives in Birmingham

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Sophie Green, 25 from Worcestershire, will be trekking to Peru in March 2016 to help young people in Birmingham and the rest of the UK secure sustainable employment.

She will be joining thirty eight hospitality professionals who will trek to make a lasting difference to the lives of those less fortunate both here in the UK and abroad. The trek will be followed by a three-day volunteering project in schools in a village around Machu Picchu where they will support in installing solar panels in a remote school as well as teaching English, gardening, painting, and other social activities.

“Wherever I have gone before I’ve only seen places as a tourist and I believe this trek would be the best time to learn about Peru, explore and live with those that know Peru best - ‘a real education’ and one I’d promote to potential future trekkers. The trek will be challenging however having worked in the Hospitality Industry for a long time and still loving every minute of it, it's time to give back to those that need it most especially young people in Birmingham.” Commented Sophie Green

She added “From the trek I hope to come back with a massive sense of achievement, I will be challenging myself physically with the walk as I have never done anything like this before but I also cannot wait to meet the local people and see what our help means to the Peruvians.”

Sophie has already completed two charity shifts so far at Gather and Gather and the Hyatt Birmingham as well as selling homemade cookies and organised a Charity Hockey Match in Christmas Fancy Dress. Sophie will be hosting a fundraising dinner at University College Birmingham in March to support her fundraising activities for the Peru Trek.

Funds raised will support Springboard’s charitable activities including the KickStart programme. This programme is open to school and college leavers in Birmingham and the rest of the UK who are undecided on their career plans and is designed to help them in their career decision making. It is hard for young people to get a start on the career ladder. The programme allows businesses an opportunity to see, first hand, the talent that is out there as well as providing a platform for students to gain real insight into the wealth of opportunities they have on offer.

All funds raised from this trek will help make a real difference to the lives of young people around the UK, by supporting them into sustainable jobs and careers in hospitality, leisure and tourism.

To support Sophie, visit http://springboard.uk.net/events/fundraising/peru