College tutors help out local fundraiser

31st January 2017 2:33pm - Return to press releases

College tutors help out local fundraiser

16 year old student Hannah Greenwood swapped her school books for a bike last summer and completed a 300 mile bike ride visiting seven Yorkshire Racecourses in seven days.  It was the start of a seven month long fundraising challenge which has seen her nominated for the Hull Daily Mail Young Sport Achievers Award. 


Hannah hopes to raise £5,000 to build a house for a family that currently lives on the rubbish tips of Phnom Penh, in Cambodia.  Hannah’s challenge has inspired her whole family, and on 11th February, she will fly to Cambodia with her Mum and Dad to help the charity Mission Direct to build a house.


East Riding College pitched in and gave Hannah and her mum Laura a crash course in bricklaying. Tutor Tony Robinson helped the pair get to grips with some of the basics and had them laying bricks, building corners and checking the plumb line in no time. 


Hannah said, “Walking onto a Cambodian building site will be daunting enough, so at least we now know how a brick wall is built!  It has been a great confidence builder.  Tony was a great teacher and taught us a lot in the limited time we had.  It was really satisfying work and I am looking forward to building the house in Cambodia.


Hannah Greenwood using a spirit levelLaura and Hannah learning bricklayingHannah using mortar

 “It will be an amazing trip. I cannot change the world, but I will be making a difference for at least one family.  As well as labouring, we will be working on the charity’s educational and welfare projects. We are playing sport with them and taking rounders and football equipment with us.  We have a generous luggage allowance - so as well as our trowels and spirit levels we are collecting used Lego and new pens and pencils for the school.”


Follow Hannah’s trip on twitter by following @RudstoneWalk. If you would like to donate, contact [email protected]


You can also sponsor the house build project direct at