Young people to take part in mercy mission

Pupils from Hellingly Primary SUS-160523-090736001
Pupils from Hellingly Primary SUS-160523-090736001

Young people from The Square Youth Café in Hailsham are set to embark on an eleven-day trip to Uganda this year to take part in a life-changing volunteer experience and are appealing for donations for the Quicken Trust project.

Twelve young people and youth work volunteers will fly out to the isolated village of Kabubbu in Uganda on October 21 to get involved in a building project, agricultural development and helping families within the community.

The Square Youth Café, owned and operated by Hailsham Town Council, has a long term relationship with the Quicken Trust, a Sussex-based charity which aims to transform the lives of people living in poverty in Kabubbu in terms of healthcare, nutrition, education, welfare and sustainable work projects.

The Quicken Trust works in partnership with a range of organisations around the UK and worldwide to achieve this goal.

Young people from ‘The Square’ and Friday Night Project have visited Kabbubu several times in the past, where they have built a house for a family in need, and cleaned, painted and participated in arts and crafts sessions.

Recent fundraising activities include a chest and back wax for members of Town Council staff and two parents by Beautyworks in Hailsham raising just over £500, in addition to two supermarket bag packs at which a total of around £1,000 was raised.

Vicky Reynolds, a volunteer worker who will be flying out to Uganda with the young people in October, generated over £1,000 for the project through sponsorship, having run in the London Marathon last month.

Hellingly Primary School pupils raised around £300 towards the project by holding various cake sales and stalls.

Town Mayor Councillor Nigel Coltman said: “I’m sure the trip will be a life-changing experience for all those involved. The inhabitants of Kabubbu are ordinary people who have suffered as a result of sickness and poverty. I’m proud the youth project team and young people are supporting them They are certainly making a huge difference to their lives in the long term.”

Youth Project Coordinator Andy Joyes said: “Raising funds for the Quicken Trust is something in which the whole community can get involved.”

To make a donation to the Kabubbu fund, visit

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