An international humanitarian, Linda has travelled around the world visiting refugee camps, war-torn areas and major disaster zones to help those in need. Having built strong connections when she went back to her old school in 2015 for a talk, she wants to share these experiences with the current pupils. Therefore, during the summer she took a group of sixth formers on a 16-day trip to earthquake-hit Nepal.
The team of 12 girls witnessed serious challenges first-hand, and used their intelligence and creativity to help some of the poorest families in the world. Detailed research was required to identify those most in need before agreeing, as a team, where they could have most impact. Careful budgeting followed as the group decided how best to sustainably uplift families – by providing goats, tools, chickens, etc.
Having seen a family living in a hut under constant threat of a mudslide, the students set up a JustGiving page and raised almost £3,500 in less than a week.
Linda said: “It has been wonderful for me to return to and work with a school that gave me so much. I absolutely loved my time at Redmaids’ High and took full advantage of every opportunity going. These girls have given the families in Nepal a real ‘hand up’ and left a lasting legacy – at just 17 years of age.”