Shelby all set for Nigeria on volunteering programme

Shelby Robertson. EMN-140921-161546001
Shelby Robertson. EMN-140921-161546001

A 21-year-old care home worker from Great Hale has reached her £800 fundraising target to fulfil her dream of volunteering overseas.

Shelby Robertson, of Queens Road, applied to join the government-funded ICS programme for young people to do international development work.

Every volunteer has to fundraise at least £800 towards the programme as it helps to pay for her 10 week stay with a local volunteer’s family in Nigeria, in Ikorodu, a community 
12 miles from the capital, 

Having reached her fundraising target last week, Shelby is eagerly awaiting her flight from Heathrow on October 3. She said: “I know it will be very humid - 27 degrees, and I will be doing ‘youth in governance’ helping promote women’s rights, gender equality and youth work.” She will be working to get young people more involved in politics.

Shelby said she received a number of donations thanks to the Standard’s article, as well as money from people at work, plus nearly £200 from a car boot sale.

Shelby said: “My family have been helping.

“I’m most looking forward to seeing what it is actually like rather than just hearing about it, but I’m not looking forward to being away from my family for so long.”