Banbury schoolgirl walks all the way to Oxford in the pouring rain to help fund her school trip

Chanelle Avery has started fundraising to make sure her dream comes true

Chanelle Avery.
Chanelle Avery.

Banbury schoolgirl Chanelle Avery knew that a school conservation trip to Costa Rica was a chance of a lifetime - so she has done all she can to make sure she does not miss out.

The 15-year-old from The Warriner School knew that she would have to find a way of finding the £4,570 herself, so she has started her fundraising by walking from her home in Banbury to Oxford - 24 miles.

Her mother, Korine, said: "She did it in the pouring rain and showed such strength and determination I am so proud of her."

Chanelle Avery arrives in Oxford.

Chanelle set up the walk, which took place on November 14 and took ten hours, entirely by herself and set up a Just Giving page so that people could sponsor her walk in order to pay for a school trip in 2021.

The trip to Costa Rica is an Camps International expedition, where she and her school friends will be staying in the rainforest, working along side local people within the community and helping to solve environmental issues.

They will be working on a number of projects helping to make a significant and lasting impact on the region's most critical issues and help support conservation efforts such as reforestation, beehive construction and lime-washing trees, as well as projects to encourage eco-tourism in the area.

Chanelle said: “I can not believe all of the support I’ve received, I appreciate everyone that has sponsored me.

Chanelle Avery arrives in Oxford with her step dad Zac.

"The walk was very challenging but also very rewarding and I'd like to also thank Zac, my step dad, for accompanying me.”

Korine added: "This is an opportunity of a lifetime, we aren’t a family that have much money to spare and so opportunities like this don’t tend to be open to us.

"But Chanelle has taken the bull by the horns and gone out to start fundraising the money for the trip.

"She managed so far to raise an amazing £830 from her sponsored walk to Oxford and I’m so so proud of her."