Year 13 student, Tom Partridge, is embarking on a sponsored walk of the Two Moors route to help fundraise the £5k needed for a once-in-a-lifetime research trip to the Peruvian Amazon basin.
The five-week expedition, organised by the British Exploring Society, is due to take place in June 2020 and is only open to members of the Scout movement. The twenty-strong group will travel deep into the Peruvian jungle to study the biodiversity of the area, taking part in conservation and sustainability studies that will encourage further understanding of the importance of the survival of the area.
Tom has successfully fundraised over half his £5k target by car washing, hosting events in his local community, carrying out odd jobs and saving money from a regular Saturday job. The 117 mile, coast-to-coast sponsored walk will be largest fundraising drive to date, with a target total of £600. Tom hopes to complete the gruelling challenge over two days in mid-April.
“The expedition is such a great opportunity” explains Tom, “It is a real chance to do something completely different, purposeful and personally challenging. I have met lots of like-minded people on the training days and it has really helped to bolster my confidence. At the moment, deforestation rates in Peru are at a frightening level but I hope that the research we carry out will help to spread awareness of the importance of the Amazon whilst contributing to wider research. I hope that this trip will inspire others to aim for similar high aspirations so that they too can profit from similar transformative experiences.”
Sam Groves, College Team Leader of Geography and Raising Achievement Leader KS4, said “Throughout his time at Newton Abbot College, Tom has been passionate about outdoor pursuits, taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award, amongst others. It is incredible to see him working so hard towards his ultimate goal and the impact that could have on our understanding of the Amazon. We wish him all the very best with his fundraising efforts.”
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