Support Hattie this Saturday as she looks ahead to India challenge

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Teenager Hattie French is undertaking a massive challenge thisyear – visiting India as part of a charity mission to build schools, hospitals and other facilities, as well as helping to teach.

As if the 21-day challenge was not enough, Hattie, 18 from Swanbourne, is also raising money here in the UK before she goes.

The trip is organised by charity, Project India, which was conceived in 2005 with the aim of providing equipment, skills and manpower to the peoples of Southern India.

The programme is simple, to take individuals from across the UK and send them to Tirunelveli in Southern India for three weeks every summer.

During the three weeks the individuals will have to function as a team and work alongside local craftsmen with the aim of providing long-term infrastructure to people in need.

Before Hattie leaves she must continue to raise money throughout the summer.

Not content with cake sales, car washes and other traditional forms of raising money,

Hattie is organising a Spring Party in Swanbourne on Saturday, April 26.

The evening will be held at the Swanbourne Shoot Room on Winslow Road from 7.30pm. There will be light refreshments available and music for all ages played live by Red Bullets.

Later in the evening the fish and chip van will arrive for guests to purchase their fish supper. Bring a bottle.

Hattie said: “I am really looking forward to this exciting challenge. After visitingTanzania last year I knew I wanted to do something to help because after seeing the conditions these people live in I realised that we are all so privileged.

“All the money that I raise goes toward getting me on to this trip so that I can help those who need it. I will either be teaching these children English, sports or, most likely, building them hospitals or orphanages. Please come and support my event on Saturday 26 April and play your part in changing these people’s lives.”

Tickets are £10 and available from Mark Oldfield on 07703 254563 or email