Sarah’s trip set to Costa lot...

A YOUNG woman heading out on a mercy mission to Central America next month was given a financial boost from a local club to add to her growing amount.

Sarah Bartam of High Catton will be heading out on an expedition to Costa Rica and Nicaragua as part of Operation Raleigh.

The 10-week trip will see her take part in various community and environmental projects to benefit the locals. Past projects have included building a system to provide safe drinking water to a remote community, building a preschool and community centre, planting trees, and helping with turtle egg collection and hatching.

It involves a week-long introductory course, six weeks working on the projects and three weeks of adventure, which includes a 250km cross-country trek.

However, the intrepid 21-year-old, who works for Nidera on Pocklington Industrial Estate, needs to raise almost £3,000 to cover the costs, excluding the additional costs of flights.

To help her on her way, the Rotary Club of Pocklington and Market Weighton handed her a £200 cheque after she gave a presentation to the group about her upcoming adventure.

She has so far raised over £2,000.

Rotary Club president, Stephen Clark, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for Sarah.

The expedition will change her life for the better and the projects in which she will be involved will help those less fortunate than us in the UK.

“Our Rotary Club is very pleased to support Sarah and we look forward to hearing all about her trip when she returns later in the year.”

Sarah said: “I’m really looking forward to it, there’s a commuinity project that I’m really exctied about.”

Anyone wanting to sponor Sarah can go to