Trust helps Borderers broaden their experience

FOREIGN travel and once-in-a-lifetime experiences beckon for seven young Borderers who have been successful in applying to the South of Scotland Youth Business Trust.

Chaired by Lt Col Colin Hogg of Mounthooly, Jedburgh, the trust offers grants of up to £500 for youngsters aged 17-25 living in the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway to enable them to take part in worldwide projects – either in gap years or during vacations – to develop their confidence and further their careers.

This year’s successful recipients include:

Charlotte Wilson from Jedburgh, who has secured a six-week placement at an orphanage at Blantyre, Malawi, where she will help feed and care for infants and organise activities for older children.

Shannon Kemp from St Boswells, who has been selected to work for a year at an orphanage for street children in Peru, where she will also teach English.

Five Hawick High students – Martin Pringle, Stuart Graham, Kirsten Blackburn, Flora Bannerman and Alana Russell – who will travel to Ndola in Zambia for a nine-day study visit to a high school through a British Council school partnership programme.

The pupils will attend lessons and also act as class facilitators.

Since being established in 1991, the trust has disbursed 359 awards.