Appeal to help Evesham teenager James raise £4,000 to help build schools in Tanzania - The Evesham Observer

Appeal to help Evesham teenager James raise £4,000 to help build schools in Tanzania

Evesham Editorial 14th Mar, 2019   0

A TEENAGER from Evesham who has Aspergers Syndrome and faced life-long challenges is hoping to raise £4,000 so he can go to Tanzania for four weeks to help out in communities which need schools and clean water.

James Green, 15, who attends the De Montfort School which is organising the trip in conjunction with Camps International, was diagnosed with the condition six years ago.

Mum Vickie said: “It was a relief when we found out because after that we began to understand each other and overcame some of the problems he had.

“He has had a lot of upheaval and struggled in social situations but now he is starting to thrive, going to clubs and making acquaintances – I think this challenge will be brilliant for him.”

James is now undertaking drama GCSE which she never thought he would and is today representing his school in boccia at the Inclusion Games.

He has also been to Bengeworth Academy to talk to key stage two children about his life and living with Aspergers. Last year he won an inclusion award for helping people understand the condition.

Vickie added: “He’s always been very environmentally aware and knows the importance of clean water.

“He wants to provide that, build schools, teach the children there new games and give them a better life.

“I think it’s fantastic.

“He’s gone from not having many friends and not being invited to birthday parties to growing into a kind and caring young man.”

The Valkyrie bar in Evesham donated £192 from a quiz it held in February which Vickie said they were grateful for and £1,500 in total has so far been raised.

James has a number of other fund-raising activities in the pipeline, including quizzes, tombolas and craft stalls, and he is hoping Observer readers will offer him a helping hand in his quest.

His next venture is a Family Fun Day at Simply Alpaca in Flyford Flavell from 11am to 4pm on April 7.

James wants to hear from any companies which can donate raffle or tombola prizes and a face-painter is also needed for the day as the one who was booked has dropped out.

Vickie said: “We want as many people to come along and support his event as he works to show that nothing in life should hold you back or stop you achieving greatness.”

James’ trip will take place during the last two weeks of July and the first two weeks of August,

Anyone who can help should email [email protected] or visit to donate to James’ fund-raising page.

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