A TEENAGER flying out to Malawi to help orphans for a year says she is hoping for a life-changing experience.
Heather Pegley, 18, is taking part in the Project Trust scheme in her gap year.
The Sussex Downs College student, who has just completed her A Levels, will be heading out to Africa on Thursday (August 23) to help the orphaned children in Malawi and learn about the culture.
Heather said, “I am really, really excited and am so pleased I have been given the chance to do this in my gap year.”
The former Eastbourne Technology College student is interested in a career in photography but was unsure which way to turn so thought she would make the most of her gap year by helping people less fortunate.
She was selected by Project Trust to take part in the 12-month programme and started fundraising when she was 17 and studying for her A levels.
Heather managed to raise £5,100 to fund the trip and says she would like to thank all those who have helped her.
The Inner Wheel, the Rotary Club of Beachy Head and Reid and Dean were among the many businesses and groups which helped Heather raise the money she needed.
Heather and her mum Sharon also held coffee mornings at the Bellavista Guest House the family runs.
A barn dance also helped to bring in the cash.
Heather is almost ready for her trip and said she is most looking forward to meeting the youngsters.
She said, “I love children and offering my support.
“I am looking forward to being in a new environment and learning about that environment.
“I am so excited to give my help and I am hoping it will be a life-changing experience.”
Proud mum Sharon hopes Heather’s gap year will inspire other young people coming out of college.