Teen takes on fundraising hike ahead of earthquake recovery trip

Jacob Holt, 18, will travel to Nepal next year to help rebuild sanitation systems devastated by the 2015 earthquake.
Jacob Holt, 18, will travel to Nepal next year to help rebuild sanitation systems devastated by the 2015 earthquake.

A young humanitarian from Horsley Woodhouse is gearing up for a fundraising hike before he flies out to Nepal next year to help with earthquake recovery work.

Jacob Holt, 18, will be travelling to Nepal in February to volunteer for ten weeks as part of the International Citizen Service (ICS) programme.

He will be working in some of the areas most affected by the 2015 earthquake, and living with a local host family to fully immerse himself in the local community and culture.

Jacob said: “I’m really looking forward to departing for Nepal and getting stuck in to my project.

“We’ll be working to improve sanitation, and I’m really hoping we can devise solutions that work for the community and improve people’s health and well-being.”

Before Jacob departs however, he must raise £1,500 for Raleigh International, and so this weekend will be lacing up his boots to take on the Three Peaks of Yorkshire challenge.

Starting from Horton-in-Ribblesdale, the 24-mile hike contains a combined ascent of more than 5,000 feet.

The money he raises will help to make sure that communities in developing countries continue to benefit from the work of future volunteers.

Jacob said: “I’ve already raised over £200, and I’m planning a coffee morning and present wrapping event.

“Any donation is massively appreciated and will make a real difference.”

To sponsor Jacob visit jacobholt.co.uk or text JACO93 followed by an amount to 70070.

To find out more about ICS, visit www.volunteerics.org.