Sponsor sought for schoolboy’s Borneo mission

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A Melton schoolboy who has raised nearly £4,000 for a conservation work trip to Borneo is seeking a sponsor to kit him out with the clothes he will need.

Sam Price (15), a pupil at John Ferneley College, is heading to the island in south east Asia in June.

He is travelling in a small party of schoolchildren from the town to help re-plant a rainforest and restore a natural habitat for organgutans living in the area.

Sam has organised a range of fundraising events to pay the £3,960 required for him to make the trip but he still needs further help from a sponsor.

Mum Wendy said: “Sam is desperately hoping he can find a local company to sponsor him.

“He needs a rucksack and walking boots for the trip and he would be grateful to anyone who can help.

“He also needs to find a further £400 to pay for the many vaccinations he will need.”

Sam, who lives with his family in Thorpe Satchville, began his fundraising campaign back in April.

He has organised quiz nights, bag packing at town supermarkets, he has washed cars and worked on people’s gardens.

Sam also sent out leaflets around his village seeking unwanted items and then sold them at various car boot sales.

Mrs Price added: “I am very proud of Sam for raising all this money on his own.

“He is only 15 so he’s not old enough to work yet.

“When he started off fundraising we thought he would do well to raise £1,000 and we would pay the remainder.

“But he has raised it all and he can’t wait to go on the trip now.”

Any company or individual interested in sponsoring Sam for his kit or his vaccinations can contact Mrs Price on 0780 3894577.