Ready For Camp: Student Laura Hesslewood receives a cheque from Student Liason Officer Helen Lowther

Laura Set to Jet Off For Career Start in the US

Tue, 2002-02-26 00:00

An East Durham College student who has not had a holiday for five years while caring for her unwell mother has been offered the chance to travel overseas for the first time.

Outdoor Education Sports student Laura Hesslewood, 20, from Peterlee, has been given the opportunity to volunteer at a summer camp in the US.

Laura is now beginning fundraising in a hope to raise the money to get to the camp in Massachusetts, which she is hoping will be a kick-start for her career.

Laura said: “I have been offered the chance to work in the US for nine weeks at Camp Einse. I will be overseeing a range of activities, but mostly archery.

“This opportunity will set me off on the job path I want to pursue. Hopefully the experience will help me get a job in this field. It will be life changing.”

And her mother, Pauline, has praised her daughter for her help over the last few years and is glad to see her getting the chance she deserves.

Mrs Hesslewood said: “I have multiple health problems and Laura has cared for me for the last five years.

“She bathes me, as well as helping with the shopping and household chores. Her help has been vital to me. I would be in dire straits without her.

“I want her to get this chance. She deserves it.”

Laura, who has already raised some money towards the trip through cake bakes and community activities, said she needs about £1000 to be able to go.

She is hoping that local businesses or other benefactors will be able to help her realise her dream.