Sophie Bolwell-Davies, a Year 11 student at New Hall School in Chelmsford, is fundraising for a trip to India in August where she will be involved in community projects to aid some of the world’s most impoverished people.
The 2016 Diana Award winner for fundraising is aiming to collect 1000 pairs of glasses and 1000 knitted children’s items for the people of the Dharvi slums. Sophie must also raise £1,500.00 of sponsorship in order to go to India. If she surpasses that mark, Sophie is looking to raise money to sponsor children, particularly the often-forgotten girls, of India to receive an education.
Glasses (even broken pairs!) and knitted children’s clothes and toys can be dropped off at Writtle Library. Writtle WI, Felsted WI, the people of Writtle, the New Hall School community and Sophie’s friends and family have been supportive of her campaign so far, but more donations are very happily accepted and Sophie is still seeking sponsorship.
Sophie will be staying at the World Guide Centre “Sangam” in Pune, Mumbai. She has been heavily involved in Girl Guiding for a number of years and last year represented the UK and Girl Guiding at the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan, one of the youngest Guides at the event. Sophie has also achieved the Baden Powell Award, the highest award a Guide can be given, as well as being a Diana Award Champion Fundraiser and a Jack Petchey Outstanding Achiever.