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Student hopes to save the turtles

College student Jonathan Brown is planning to help save one of the world’s most endangered species.

The 17-year-old, who is a student at Darlington College, is raising money for a trip to Central America to help protect leatherback sea turtles from extinction.

Jonathan, who is studying on the college’s uniformed public services course, needs to raise £1,500 to take part in the environmental project in Cost Rica to protect the endangered species.

He is planning to spend one month working in the country, where he will also do charity work in local primary schools.

Jonathan said: “I’ve always wanted to volunteer, to do my bit help make a difference in the world, and this is a great opportunity.“Working on the environmental project and with local children will be a completely new experience for me and it’s also a great chance to see the world.

“The uniformed public services course has been a great help in preparing me for my trip. It teaches teamwork, leadership and life skills and my tutors, who are all ex service personnel, have been really supportive of my trip.

“Volunteering is a great way to change your life and change the lives of others and I am really looking forward to being able to make a difference.”

The teenager, who is eventually hoping to become an officer in the RAF, plans to travel with friends. The group have been taking part in fundraising events for the trip, including the Richmond Castle 10K run in October.


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