A group of students has been coming up with ingenious ways to raise money for the trip of a lifetime. The 22 students and two staff are due to fly out to Peru next year for a month-long expedition with World Challenge. In order to fund their places the students have to come up with £3,800 each and many of them have already raised a considerable amount.
One of the most recent endeavours took place at a school fete in Kettering. Peter Duke, a former student at Brambleside, and Tom Hoier took turns being imprisoned in stocks and having wet sponges thrown at them. For the bargain price of 25p for one throw or five throws for £1 they managed to raise £102 between them for four hours' work. The two have also collaborated along with Joe Hadden on an Easter egg raffle at College as well as taking part in individual projects. Peter, who has raised over £1000 so far has advertised his services as an odd job man, doing chores such as shopping and lawn mowing.
Tom Hoier said: 'I have raised £2,000 so far, about £500 of which is from odd jobs which I do at weekends. I am also working on the Corby to Peru project, and am hoping to sell raffle tickets for the Lions Rugby club.'
Other students with 'grand' totals are Josh Hilton who has made £1,000 by selling Avon cosmetics in his local neighbourhood while Stuart Marriott has raised £2,150 by selling make-up and sweets on ebay and in car boot sales. He has also done a sponsored swim of two miles.
Grace Lyman has raised funds by selling individual Rolos in boxes for Valentine's day and boxed bath bombs for Mother's Day.
Christy Bullock has also been busy with many enterprising projects. She said: 'I've raised £800 selling sweets, £150 selling football cards, £190 hosting raffles, £700 in donations, £400 holding a race night at the Club 2000 and £400 in car boot sale profits.'
Charlotte Lamba has raised over £2,000 by holding parties at Corby Rugby Club and Level 3 in Kettering. Every Tuesday she and fellow student Emily Cropper wash staff and students' cars to raise more cash.
The group have also carried out bag packing at local supermarkets raising several hundred pounds from a stint at Morrisons and Sainsbury's and similar events are planned.
World Challenge have 20 years' experience in running adventurous trips abroad. The Brooke Weston expedition will include a few days of acclimatisation, a high altitude trek, a community project and a period to recuperate before the students and staff head back to the UK.
Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Mr Robert Nicholls said: 'The “Challengers” have shown tremendous initiative with their fundraising and the amazing range of ideas that they have come up with has been more than matched by the enthusiasm with which they have thrown themselves into the task. The expedition will be a once in a lifetime experience and the students still have a lot of work to do to make sure that they can be part of it.'