A TEENAGER is set to get to grips with a volunteering opportunity of a lifetime – with a little help from a wrestling company.
Sarah Tough will fly to Alberta, in Canada, this Saturday for a volunteering placement at Easter Seals Camp Horizon, an outdoor education camp for children and adults with special needs ranging from severe physical and mental disabilities to diabetes.
The 19-year-old appeared in the Mail in February appealing for financial help to let her volunteer on the eight-month scheme, which she is doing in her gap year.
Now Paul Fahey, from Peterlee-based wrestling promoters North-East Wrestling Society (NEWS), has helped Sarah’s plight by donating funds from a raffle held during a wrestling match.
Sarah, who lives in Hatfield Place, Peterlee, said: “I feel absolutely over the moon.
“No one else had got back to me, and I was just really happy that Paul could help.
“He rang me out of the blue after seeing the story in the paper.”
Sarah, who is in the final year of a BTEC National Diploma in sport and exercise at East Durham College, had raised more than £1,000 for fees and costs for the trip herself.
She worked all her spare hours at her part-time job at Asda, in Peterlee, while juggling her studies with first aid and life-saving courses necessary for the scheme.
She even sold her beloved first car, a Vauxhall Corsa, and sacrificed nights out to help fund the trip.
But she still struggled with costs, including £300 for a medical, £1,000 for flights and insurance and £300 to buy kit.
Sarah plans to do a degree in sport and exercise and eventually become a PE teacher.
Sarah, whose parents are Bob and Julie Tough and brothers are Gary, Steven and Brian, said: “All my packing is done and I can’t wait.”
There is still time to sponsor Sarah by calling (0191) 4476975.