Carlton Academy student Ben Brooks has been raising money for a humanitarian trip to Borneo where he will teach local children and help to improve facilities and infrastructure for endangered orangutan and proboscis monkeys.
Ben has already run a lone marathon of 26.2 miles to raise awareness for his expedition and has received donations from complete strangers who want to help him carry out the good work. Ben said it all started when Camps International visited Carton Academy where he studies. “They came to talk to students and asked if anyone present might be interested in taking up the challenge of going to Borneo to carry out the work, -that is if they could raise the £4175 needed for flights and accommodation.” Four students from the school have taken up the challenge and Ben, who already plays handball for England under 18’s decided to run a marathon to help him raise the funds. “I was too young for the London marathon, so I ran a solo equivalent and have run several hundred miles over the weeks I have been training.”
The trip will take place in July 2017, and Ben’s Mother, Stephanie Chell said he has the character to succeed at the tasks that lie ahead. “Ben is a very driven and determined young man. He trained hard to prepare for the marathon over months, at the beginning of which, he was also studying for his GCSE’s. He was often up and out running the streets of Carlton by 5:30 am, running for an hour in all weathers, then back home, showered and changed and then off to school! He has received a great deal of support and encouragement from his friends, family and particularly the staff at The Carlton Academy. I could not be more proud of his sheer grit and determination to raise funds for such a great cause.”
Carlton Academy Head Teacher, Richard Pierpoint said that he admires the determination of students taking up a cause that is so worthwhile and so challenging. “We are immensely proud Ben’s commitment and dedication to undertake his fundraising commitments and marathon training whilst studying full time! The whole group of students that enlisted to this humanitarian mission are working so hard to achieve their fundraising targets and we look forward to learning about the incredible journey ahead of them.”
Ben’s webpage for anyone wanting to donate is //www.gofundme.com/bensborneorun