Rushmere St Andrew: A Ghana challenge for volunteer Karen West

Karen West, from Rushmere St Andrew, is volunteering in Ghana later this year

Karen West, from Rushmere St Andrew, is volunteering in Ghana later this year - Credit: Archant

A big-hearted volunteer is heading to Africa to work on a variety of community and sports coaching projects.

Karen West, from Rushmere St Andrew, will be among a group of volunteers travelling to Woe in Ghana in November with the Ipswich Town FC Charitable Trust.

The 45-year-old, of The Pastures, will spend 11 days working in schools and health clinics in Woe, a deprived rural coastal area of the country.

She said: “I went to an information evening and there were some people there from a previous trip to Kenya.

“They said it was incredible and a completely life-changing experience so I signed up.

“I have never done a volunteer trip before but I have volunteered for the trust on educational trips. This is something completely different for me and will be a huge experience.

“My friends and family are all really supportive of me and it’s going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

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Miss West, who works for Aviva Insurance, has to raise £2,250 as a condition of taking part in the trip.

To help with her fundraising, she successfully completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in May in 11 hours and 15 minutes.

She added: “The challenge raised £1,020 and my employer will be adding another £250.

“The money raised is predominantly for the work in Ghana but includes £700 for the trust’s work in the UK where they seek to inspire, motivate and improve the education and life chances of a whole range of people.”

She has also organised a quiz at Seckford Golf Club in Woodbridge on July 17 at 7.30pm and a tennis tournament at David Lloyd Leisure in Ransomes Europark, Ipswich, on September 7.

Tickets for the quiz cost £15 each including a hot meal. Call Miss West on 07851377095 to book a table or to take part in the tennis contest.

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