Laura’s all set to be a USA jetsetter

Laura-Jane Hesslewood
Laura-Jane Hesslewood

FANTASTIC fundraiser Laura Hesslewood is about to achieve her dream of jetting out to a USA summer camp.

Laura, 20, from Peterlee, has been fundraising since February to reach her goal of £1,200

The East Durham College student reached £1,000 through donations, bake sales and charity nights. The college donated the final £200 to fund her Camp America trip.

Laura will travel to the camp in Massachusetts on June 7 for two months of coaching archery, working on craft projects and outdoor activities with four to 17 year olds.

The former Easington Academy school pupil said: “It’s been a really hard few months raising the money to go and I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped and donated money.

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet that I have reached the total to go to camp but I’m sure I will get more and more excited as it gets closer to my leaving date.”

Laura is also a full-time carer for her mother Pauline.

For the last 15 months, she has been a part of the Horizon project which helps to support people aged 14-25 who are in caring roles throughout County Durham.

Mark Blyth, capacity builder at Horizon, said: “Laura has raised over £500 through sponsored events such as cake sales, archery shoot-outs, sponsored silence and various other events.

“Laura has also been successful in gaining donations from organisations such as the Lyons fund, Healthworks Easington, DISC Durham and East Durham College, which have all been a real help in reaching the total she needed for the trip.”