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Raising funds for epic trip

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: February 19, 2013

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A TRIO of Ashbourne students are about to set to work raising nearly £4,000 for a mountaineering expedition in central Asia.

Sixteen-year-olds Joanne Skinner, from Brailsford and Ellie Erskine and Alicia Fothergill, both from Ashbourne, will be raising money by bag-packing at supermarkets, washing cars, holding concerts, babysitting and selling homemade jewellery.

The Derby High School students will head out Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan where they will be climbing heights of up to 4,500 metres, glacier walking, working on a community project and staying with local families.

They will be among 21 girls taking part and each has to raise £3,900 to pay for the month-long expedition, as well as plan their own accomodation and travel.

Miss Erskine said: “I think I’m mostly looking forward to the project part. My sister went to Mongolia with school and she really enjoyed it and when she came back she was really buzzing.”

Miss Skinner said: “We are hoping to put on a musical concert at our local church to raise money. We really want to raise all of the money ourselves. I’m really looking forward to the trip.”

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