A GROUP of boys from Ormskirk School are planning to spend their Easter holidays building homes in Mexico.
The boys will be taking part in a charity project called ReBuild where they will build a home for a family in need over a 10-day period.
The group of five are currently holding fundraising events across the area to raise the £1,300 they each need to cover the cost of the project.
Youth worker Vikki Shacklady, who is organising the trip, said: “It all started on Bonfire night in 2012. I met a local lad, Daniel Byland, who had no qualifications and little chance of picking any up. But talking to Dan I found him easy-going, funny and bright. He had so much potential which was going to waste, so I decided to take him under my wing.
“He became my intern and helped with schools work and organising events and completely turned his life around.
“One day Dan came across a youth charity called Urban Saints that ran overseas trips to Mexico, building homes for people in need. He wanted to go and I thought it was a great idea, so we decided to organise it together.”
Vikki, another youth worker Sarah, Dan and two 14-year-old boys, Luke Chorley and Alex Birtells from Ormskirk School are planning to fly to Mexico on April 10.
It’s a first for the school, and a first for Vikki but the group are really looking forward to building a two-room home using basic hand tools, as well as working with local children.
Vikki said: “We each have to raise £1,300 which covers our air fare, food, accommodation, insurance and the cost of the build itself. We've been doing many things to raise money such as car boots, sponsored events, cake sales and a 10K race. We’re also looking for local businesses to sponsor us.
“It’s a really great opportunity for the boys to see how other people live and I hope it will inspire them.”
The latest fundraising event is being held at The Jungle in Skelmersdale on February 27 from 4-6pm. The fundraiser is circus-themed and there will be activity tables for kids and a raffle.