Help an Exmouth woman fund her Guatemala charity work

PUBLISHED: 11:19 16 March 2015 | UPDATED: 11:20 16 March 2015

Former Exmouth Communtiy College student Olivia Hylton-Smith is appealing for help to raise the £800 needed to fund her YCare International organised trip to Guatemala where she will work as a volunteer on various projects. One of the fund-raising events Olivia is holding is a evening of music at the Bicton Inn on the evening of Saturday March 21.  Ref exe 9420-11-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Former Exmouth Communtiy College student Olivia Hylton-Smith is appealing for help to raise the £800 needed to fund her YCare International organised trip to Guatemala where she will work as a volunteer on various projects. One of the fund-raising events Olivia is holding is a evening of music at the Bicton Inn on the evening of Saturday March 21. Ref exe 9420-11-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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An Exmouth woman will spend three months in Guatemala, working with those who are exploited and affected by gangs.

Olivia Hylton-Smith, 20, of Drakes Avenue, will be leaving on April 13, and needs to raise £800 by March 31.

“I’m obviously very scared, but I’m ecstatic and really looking forward to it,” she said.

“We’re shown so many advertisements on television of these places and I want to be able to tell people first hand what it is like to be in a country like that.

“I’ve always been very passionate about helping other people and I want to be able to make a difference.”

She needs to raise the cash for young people to do similar projects in the future.

Olivia said: “It means all the young people like me can have the opportunity in the future.

“The fundraising shows your commitment to the cause.”

She is going on behalf of the Y-Care charity, which is the international relief and development agency of the YMCA movement.

Olivia got involved with Y-Care when she applied to join the International Citizen Service, which brings together 18 to 25-year-olds to fight poverty overseas.

As part of the programme, Olivia attended interviews in London and picked Y-Care as the focus of her efforts.

A charity acoustic night is being held at the Bicton Inn, where Olivia will be performing alongside local musician Jas Walker, from 7pm on Saturday, March 21.

Collection buckets will be passed around the pub in an attempt to raise the funds needed by Olivia.

People can also donate at www.justgiving.com/livvyhyltonsmith


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