Inspired student raises cash for Mombasa orphanage

INSPIRED: Leah-Rebecca Woods with  Miss Nicola Mather (S)
INSPIRED: Leah-Rebecca Woods with Miss Nicola Mather (S)

An inspired student has held a successful coffee morning after hearing about her teacher’s experiences during a visit to Kenya.

Leah-Rebecca Woods, who is in Year 7 at Colne Park High School, raised £150 at the event, which included a cake stall, a tombola and a raffle.

The 12-year-old was left particularly touched when Miss Nicola Mather talked about an orphanage in Mombasa, which was set up in 1998 to care for abandoned and homeless children.

Leah-Rebecca said: “My English teacher, Miss Mather told my class and I about when she visited Kenya and taught in an orphanage called The Calvary Zion Childrens’ Home.

“One fact that stuck in my head was that altogether there are 34 children/babies with four rooms to share between all of them. I decided I wanted to do a coffee morning at my house to raise money for the orphanage.”