Timms Marketing Manager Joins Derby County Community Trust ‘Rams In Kenya’ For The Second Year
Timms Solicitors Marketing Manager Sharon Jeffery and her 14-year-old daughter Natalie will be among a team of volunteers who will join Derby County Community Trust’s Rams in Kenya trip again this May.
This will be the second year that the pair will travel to Nakuru in Kenya to spend eight days working at a local school – helping improve conditions for the pupils and their families.
Derby County Community Trust celebrate their 10th visit this year with over 80 volunteers joining them – making this the biggest trip from a football club across the country. They have worked in partnership with African Adventures taking over 300 volunteers over the years.
Sharon and Natalie will revisit rural school ‘Cherish’ where, last year, the work schedule included helping the school’s cook, digging foundations for a perimeter wall, painting classrooms and creating a new playground for the children.
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Sharon explained: “Following the trip last year, both Natalie and I knew we needed to go back to Nakuru as there was unfinished business.
“Construction at Cherish has continued in the 12 months since we visited so we hope to be rolling up our sleeves to paint a brand new classroom and hopefully move Mary, the cook, into a new designated kitchen.
“The children there are the happiest we’ve ever met and they made all of the physical work far less exhausting and every single moment worthwhile. We also loved understanding and learning about their culture and lives.
“Whatever project we are assigned, we expect to be taken out of our comfort zones and are looking forward to the challenge but also to making new friends and learning new skills.”
Special Thank You For Local Support
“Between us, we have to raise over £4k and have had a superb response from the local business community again – particularly Timms Solicitors, Work Wallet, Derby Family Chiropractic and Hague Print who will all be sponsoring our T-shirts.
“Natalie has worked hard baking and selling cakes and biscuits and running raffles to raise some additional funds which will be used to enhance the school’s curriculum.
“We currently have around £500 to go to hit our fund raising target but, with a gin raffle and gin tasting evening planned, we are hopeful that we will get there.”
Sharon continued: “I have been involved with Derby County Community Trust for many years now and have seen the fabulous work they do in our local communities and beyond.
“Every year, at their annual awards evening, I am overwhelmed to hear the incredible stories of resilience, determination and kindness from both staff and volunteers. It made me question why on earth I wasn’t going back to Kenya again. It was a no brainer really.
“It is also great to know that a proportion of our fundraising stays here in Derby for the Trust to use towards some of their projects and programmes on the doorstep.”
Here is a flavour of what we got up to last year: https://www.facebook.com/DerbyCountyCommunityTrust/videos/rams-in-kenya-22-cherish/5208184369266647/