Budleigh kids give up mobile phones for charity

PUBLISHED: 12:30 24 October 2015

Youngsters in thier cardboard hut as part of a 'in their shoes' challenge

Youngsters in thier cardboard hut as part of a 'in their shoes' challenge

Archant

A group of youngsters went 24 hours without internet and mobile phones to raise funds for poverty-striken Africans.

Members of Budleigh Salterton’s Methodist Adventure Group also created huts out of cardboard donated by Spar and slept on the church floor.

More than £400 was raised for Christian relief charity Tearfund. The money will be used to pay for a block of four organic toilets for a village in Africa.

The toilets will be ‘twinned’ with similar facilities at the church.

One of the group’s three leaders, Lee Shiel, admitted the youngsters were very pleased to get their mobile phones back at the end of the challenge.

He said: “We mimicked those in Africa the best we could – it was sleeping on the hard floor which was really difficult.

“It was a bit of a challenge to get them to give up their mobile phones and we told them they could have their phones back in an emergency.

“The group couldn’t wait to get their mobile phones back again.”

“They really bought into it - and I cannot believe the amount we raised.”

Lee was joined by fellow leaders Sue Bond and Pauline Dyer, who postponed her birthday celebrations to take part.

The 14-strong group was taking part in the Walk in Different Shoes scheme, which challenges youth groups to experience what those living in poverty go through.

Surviving on £1 a head, the group used the money to buy porridge oats, flour, sugar, butter, cheese, tomato sauce, milk, tea bags and bread.

They used some of the ingredients to create a pizza, which was shared around the group.

The Methodist Adventure Group will receive a certificate, which will tell them the location of the ‘twinned’ toilet.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Exmouth Journal visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Exmouth Journal staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Exmouth Journal account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

06:30

An Exmouth man has received an award from the RNLI in recognition of more than 40 years of fundraising.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:13

See our slideshow tribute to Exmouth’s vintage vehicle enthusiast - Reg Imray.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:34

Police are making enquiries to find the owner of a car which was found in a bank near Woodbury Country Park.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:22

Exmouth photographer, Nathan Richmond, captured this beautiful picture of a floral display in Manor Gardens and wins our iwitness24 photo challenge.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30

Tributes have been paid to intrepid deaf pensioner Reg Imray, who died at his Exmouth home aged 94.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:40

East Devon MP Sir Hugo Swire is one of seven Devon MPs who have signed a letter written to the Prime Minister asking her to make sure no school in Devon is ‘worse off’.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:15

Police are appealing for information after two puppies were taken in an alleged burglary in Exmouth.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30

Exmouth musicians say they have been forced to leave the venue for their popular free concerts due to an increase in fees charged by the district council.

Read more
Mon, 17:02

Police attended a stuck HGV in Topsham on Saturday, (April 22) after it struck a pub.

Read more
Mon, 16:59

New attractions join old favourites when Budleigh Salterton celebrates its annual Gala Week.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 5°C

min temp: 3°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

Could not fetch editions

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications