Sport relief: Teen Charlotte secures football kit for youngsters in Rwanda thanks to generous donations

Bournemouth Echo: SPORT RELIEF: Charlotte Heaps is heading to Rwanda with donated football equipment SPORT RELIEF: Charlotte Heaps is heading to Rwanda with donated football equipment

A SIXTH form student has enlisted the help of community organisations and businesses as she goes on the trip of a lifetime in the summer.

Charlotte Heaps, 16, is one of 11 students in Year 12 at Ringwood School who will be going to Kigali, Rwanda, in June.

While there, the group will be visiting schools and finding out about how communities are still living with the effects of the genocide 20 years ago.

As well as raising the £2,000 she needs in sponsorship, she has also secured football equipment to give to children after she contacted the Steve Bernard Foundation, which was set up in memory of the popular Christchurch FC footballer, who died in a car crash in 2005.

Charlotte said: “We’re going out to help with people affected by the genocide.

“We’re going to the schools and teaching the children. We will be looking at where they live and how they live.

“We’re out there for 11 days. It’s such an eye-opener about how other countries are. We were asked to raise as much money as we could.

“I’ve had to raise £2,000 and I’ve managed that by myself.”

The donations included £500 from the Steve Bernard Foundation, which also gave Charlotte seven junior football kits, 20 footballs, pumps and cones.

She has also had help from the Charlie Smith Memorial Trust, Nick O’Hara Funeral Directors, Lansdowne Woodward and Wenda Engineering and Electronics.

Charlotte is studying A-levels in photography, art and design, media studies and business studies.

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