Retired British teacher fundraising for return charity trip to Kenya

Bernadette Drake in Kenya
Bernadette Drake in Kenya last year.

A retired teacher from Eastwood is fundraising for her second charity mission to Kenya later this year.

62-year-old Bernadette Drake, and her husband Michael, 66, joined 71 others who travelled to Nakuru in Kenya to volunteer at the Cherish Exchange Foundation School in May last year. 

The couple, who decided to take the trip as their 40th wedding anniversary presents to each other, helped to build two new classrooms and Bernadette called on her teaching background to run sessions for the children which included sharing stories, making masks, playing with a parachute, teaching the children to crochet and even helping with preparing the midday meal.

“The children were wonderful. Such love for each other, so much pleasure to be with and such aspirations,” Bernadette said.

Like last year, May’s trip is being organised by Derby County Community Trust, a charity that partners with African Adventures to organise the volunteers trips to schools across Africa.

To help raise the money needed for the cost of the trip, Bernadette and her friend Samantha Housam have organised a Spring Craft Fair at Our Lady of Good Counsel social centre on Nottingham Road, Eastwood on March 23. Stalls will include Nottingham lace, knitted baby blankets, soft toys, beauty products, jewellery, candles and plants.

Entertainment will be provided by the RocknSoul singers from Underwood, who are raising funds for The Teenage Cancer Trust.

Some of the money raised will go towards essentials for the pupils, staff and school in Nakuru as well as supporting Derby County’s community work back home.

Derby County Community Trust has been running the ‘Rams in Kenya’ trip for the past seven years during which time the number of volunteers has grown from 13 to 73.

If you would like to help support Bernadette’s fundraising, please visit her JustGiving page.

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