Year 10 prefect, Matt Baker, reopened Whitpot Mill Tea Gardens in Kingskerswell to help raise money for his trip to Tanzania in 2018 with Camps International.
Selling homemade cream teas and cakes in the gardens (owned by his grandmother), Matt raised a staggering £878.75 in the course of the three hour event, with the help of members of the local community including those who enjoyed the tea rooms when it was last open in 1957.
The incredible amount raised will be put towards the £4,000 needed for the trip with Camps International to Tanzania in summer 2018 where Matt will be heavily involved in conservation work with local communities.
Matt was stunned with the success of the day: “Having done some advertising on social media and in the village itself, we were hoping to raise around £200-£300 at most. To have had around 150 people come along and raise nearly £1,000 is simply incredible. . The day itself was great with a really good atmosphere; visitors were sharing their stories of the tea rooms when it was open and one gentleman even celebrated his birthday with us. It was a fantastic day and we may well hold another similar event in the future as well as fun runs and sponsored walks.”
College trip organiser and Team Leader of Modern Languages, Hannah Brown, was hugely impressed with Matt’s efforts: “We are incredibly proud of Matt as a College; it is fantastic that an event held in our local community will help Matt go on to help another community out in Tanzania in 2018. The amount needed to go on these trips is not insubstantial; it takes dedication, good ideas and confidence to fundraise such a large amount and Matt has already proved himself to be more than up to the task. He is a real credit to the College and the community and we couldn’t be happier for him.”
We are incredibly proud of Matt as a College; it is fantastic that an event held in our local community will help Matt go on to help another community out in Tanzania in 2018.Hannah Brown - Tanzania Trip Leader and Team Leader of Modern Languages