Target almost reached for trip

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Pupils from Linlithgow and Bo’ness academies who are heading to Romania this summer have almost raised the £10,000 needed for the trip.

Around 18 young people will be heading to Iasi in the north east of the country for two weeks at the start of August.

During the first week they will be building a home for a family which will cost roughly £10,000. The family of seven struggle to have a regular income and are in dire need of accommodation.

During the second week the group of helpers will be staying in a community hall to run a children’s holiday club in Savein and one in Holm.

The areas are on the outskirts of Iasi and are very deprived towns where wells are used to collect water and everyone has very little.

The trip is being run by St John’s Linlithgow in partnership with Linlithgow Academy and the children have been fundraising tirelessly to raise the much needed cash for the Romanian family.

Youth worker Lorna McIntosh said: “Almost all of the money has been raised through half-marathons, bag packing and much more.”

If you wish to donate to the cause visit mydonate.bt.com/events/romaniateam/294545.