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West Lancashire College visit Ghana

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In July, a group of School of Medicine students and staff from West Lancashire College in Skelmersdale head off on a volunteering expedition and trip of a lifetime. The trip was made possible following a year of fundraising events to help them on their way to Ghana.

When in Ghana, the team will work alongside local people to renovate a Primary School to provide a safe and comfortable environment for the children to learn in. There will also be the opportunity to plan and deliver Mathematics, English, Science and Art lessons to the Ghanaian pupils.

As part of their planning the team have worked with local businesses and sports clubs to provide donations of educational resources, toys and clothing. These donations include a large amount of sports equipment and kits donated by Premier League Everton FC.

An Everton Football Club spokesperson said, “we are proud and delighted to support the staff and students from West Lancashire College on such a worthwhile venture. We hope the Club donations, along with other resources from businesses across West Lancashire and Liverpool, help to make a difference to the lives of people in Ghana and we wish all involved with the trip the very best of luck.”

Trip Leader, Leonie Darby (Head of A Levels at West Lancashire College) said, “we are excited to learn about new cultures and work with the young people in Ghana. I don’t think any of us is prepared for the impact this trip will have on us and the local people we work with. Many of the students will be really out of their comfort zone, some have never been abroad before, but this immersion in a different culture will provide life changing experiences they will never forget.”

Principal Denise Williamson said, “we are truly thankful to anyone who supported an event, sponsored a student, donated prizes and donated funds or their time to make this African Adventure become a reality. The work we aim to do in Ghana will leave a lasting footprint for the local people and also inspire the students to add value to their own communities.”

West Lancashire College is already planning another African adventure to allow more students the chance to take part in such an inspiring and life-changing experience.

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