Nepal charity trip for couple

A High Peak couple are preparing for a trip to Nepal, where they will help build a school.

Deborah and Martin Hofman, of Earl Sterndale, will fly out to Nepal on March 29 as part of a group of people building a school in memory of a family friend.

Guy Joseph was tragically killed in a paragliding accident in October 2011, aged just 25. Following his death, his friends and family set up the charity Guy’s Trust, which supports causes Guy was passionate about.

One of the first projects taking place is the building of a Guy Joseph Early Childhood Development Centres in the impoverished Kaski district, near to where he lived when he spent the winter of 2010/11 learning to paraglide.

Deborah and Martin will join Guy’s parents, sisters and friends on the project.

Deborah, 53, said: “I’m really excited.

“We will be staying in Pokhara and travelling every day to the village which is about an hour away.

“We’ll do a week’s building then go on a five day trek.

“I think something like £25,000 has been raised, enough money to build three schools and fund them for three years. It’s just fantastic.”

Guy had graduated from Newcastle University with a first class degree in Marine Biology and had worked as a scuba diving instructor in East Timor and Indonesia for two years.

Some of the money raised in his name will be used to support the organisation MantaWatch, which he helped set up and is dedicated to protecting the endangered manta ray through tracking, research, management and conservation.

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