A teenager from Huttoft is raising the final funds she needs in order for her to take a trip to Africa to help with her dream of becoming a vet.
Summer Furniss, 16, has always dreamt of becoming a vet, but in order to pursue her ideal job she’s hoping to get into the Royal Veterinary College in London, which is very competitive.
So Summer wants to embark on a trip to Africa, where she will live and work for a month in order to enhance her university application and also to make a difference for others.
Summer explained: “I want to be a vet in the future and have wanted to be since I was 11. This is something that I have always wanted to do after seeing safari vet school on the TV.
“This trip is not only giving me a head start, as I am getting tons of experience working with wild animals, which is what I would ideally like to be doing in the future as I want to work in a zoo, it will also set me apart from many other applicants for University and jobs which are incredibly competitive.
“I am going to South Africa to work on two projects, both very close to Kruger National Park.
“I will be spending two weeks at Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre and two weeks at Bundox Game Reserve.”
Summer has been working extremely hard to raise the £3,895 she needs to be able to go on the trip.
“Sixty per cent of the money I raise will actually go back to the charities who I will be working with, which is fantastic,” Summer added.
Summer has already raised £3,100 by running cake stalls at schools, raffles in her local pub, saving both her money at Christmas and birthdays, and raising a lot of the funds through her handmade jewellery venture, which she runs through Facebook (search for Summer Jewellery).
Summer is now putting on one final fundraising event, which she hopes will help her to take that last step in reaching her total.
The event will take place at Huttoft Village Hall on Friday, June 20, from 7pm to 10pm.
The evening consists of a pamper and crafts night, with massages available, nail treatments, wine, tea coffee, a raffle, cakes, cards, candles, handmade jewellery and various other stalls. There is no entry fee and everyone is welcome to attend.