Here is another fantastic Fundraising Friday Star Lydia! Lydia is doing extremely well and constantly finding ways of raising more funds towards her expedition..If you are feeling de-motived and not sure you can make it, have a read through this and you’ll soon realise you totally can! All you need is positivity and determination, you’ll be on that plane in no time! Enjoy!

My name is Lydia. I’m 15 and go to school in West Yorkshire. I was really excited about going to Peru in 2017 after the presentation at school. I made a start to my fundraising by selling my alto saxophone as I play a tenor now.

At Christmas and Easter I saved my kind gifts of money from family. In March my friend and I were asked to play guitar and sing at an acoustic afternoon in a local cafe, it went well and we went back recently to play again. I held my first ever Coffee Morning. It was a lovely morning with coffee, tea and lots of cake. Plus primulas and books on sale and games-Guess the Weight of My Rucksack? and Where in the World has Paddington Left his Marmalade?

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I played guitar and sang with two of my friends. I emptied my Piggy Bank and bagged up my loose change. I was really worried about making a start on my fundraising but now I have done something I feel better about it. My grand total was £754.

I love music and sing in a choir and play my sax in a school band and clarinet in an orchestra. Together with a friend who is also travelling to Peru we hope to organise a fundraising concert later this year. I am also thinking about offering lawn-mowing and garden maintenance to friends and neighbours when the weather improves.

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It’s now the first day of the summer holidays, just as promised my Dad gave me a lesson in how my Gran’s lawnmower works. Then I was on my own to mow the lawn as I had promised. My plan is to mow lawns to fund raise during the school holidays, my first one mown, so
far so good. With my dad’s help we pruned one of Gran’s trees and chopped it up to transport it for making into wood chippings.

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My mum has also got out her very old sewing machine and taught me how to make tote bags. I have sold three so far to friends. I have made labels to explain why I am making them to sell. They are in bright 100% cotton, washable, fold easily into a pocket or handbag and are very useful for carrying anything from groceries to books.

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We are planning some walks over the summer too to help my fitness levels and then hopefully in September I will be undertaking a sponsored abseil, hope I have a head for heights.

Hope you like my ideas, they are going to keep me busy over the holidays. Have a good summer.

Travelling to Peru will be fantastic. I’m looking forward to all the interesting people we’ll meet and places we’ll see.

Fantastic effort Lydia, a huge well done!! 

As ever, PLEASE send us your fundraising experiences, it makes us smile when we get to read your stories! When picking a Fundraising Friday Star please tell us what you felt when you first heard about the expedition, a few paragraphs about what you have been up to so far for your fundraising, any future fundraising plans and some pictures of your fundraising! LOTS of pictures! (pleeeeeease) But the pictures do need to be of a high quality that can be uploaded online… no fuzzy mugshots! ?

Please email all entries to fundraising@campsinternational.com Can’t wait to hear from you all! Remember, every Fundraising Friday Star will win a FREE HEAD TORCH!

If you win, you will automatically be put into a draw to win an even bigger prize… every quarter we will choose one Fundraising Friday Star to win A FREE RUCKSACK, SLEEPING BAG LINER, TRAVEL TOWEL AND WATER BOTTLE!!! Which means less kit you’ll have to buy.

Peace Out!

Meg 😀