Booting up again for Malawi mission

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A Leighton teenager is holding a second car boot sale to raise funds ahead of a mission to an orphanage in Malawi next summer.

Megan Desmond, 14, attends Vandyke Upper and is one of a group of students signed up to the World Challenge project.

The expedition is three to four weeks long and will involve numerous arduous activities aimed at building teamwork, communication, life skills and personal development. They will ultimately be volunteering at an orphanage sponsored by Vandyke.

As part of her fundraising challenge, Megan, of Willow Bank Walk, has been arranging car boot sales which are being sponsored by Pecks Farm Shop and Eggington Dairy, who are allowing her the use of their field opposite the farm shop.

The next one is on Saturday, August 30 and Pecks are also providing a BBQ on the day.

Megan’s mum Sue said: “Megan has to raise £3,000 to fund her expedition. So far she has taken part in a boot sale, selling old clothes, shoes and whatever else hasn’t been nailed down!”

Of her daughter’s previous car boot sale earlier this month, she said: “An early start for Megan is usually somewhere around 10am – so it was a bit of a shock to her system to be up and out of the house by 6.45am!

“Due to the weather, the turnout wasn’t exceptional – but many people did arrive to sell and buy which enabled Megan to raise £116 towards her fundraising.

“Just about every other person who came along, was asking if there was going to be another sale. As a result, Fiona and Steve Peck have been kind enough to agree that Megan can try and increase the total, by doing one more fundraising boot sale – same arrangements as before, but hoping the weather will be better.”

Sue added that Megan had also raised money by doing a cake sale, a sweet shop at her swimming club, had two very successful teddy raffles, collected clothes through the recycling company ‘Bags 2 School’ and done bag packing at a local supermarket.”

Further fundraising ideas are in the pipeline, both individually, and also with the seven other Vandyke students taking part in this expedition.

For the World Challenge trip, students have to ‘take ownership’ of the project from start to finish – fundraising, budgeting, planning routes, expeditions and the work they propose to do.

They have to plan accommodation, transport and food and are fully supported along the way. Further details can be found at

> The next car boot sale at Leighton Road, Eggington (opposite Pecks Farm Shop) takes place between 9am - 1pm (8am for sellers) on Saturday, August 30. Sellers £5 per car, £10 for a van. Entry is 20p per person.