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Saints help house the homeless in Mexico

The Urban Saints group pictured in front of the house they built, along with the family who will be living there and a team from Kirkby Lonsdale.

The Urban Saints group pictured in front of the house they built, along with the family who will be living there and a team from Kirkby Lonsdale.

A team of youngsters from Slyne have returned from a mission to Mexico to help build houses for homeless families.

The teenagers spent two weeks helping to build four new homes from scratch, digging the foundations and building the properties.

One will now be inhabited by a young couple and their four-month-old baby, who were previously homeless and had been unable to live together as a family.

The group was made up of school pupils from Slyne’s Urban Saints youth club, run through St luke’s Slyne-with-Hest Church.

Urban Saints sent teams from across the country to help out in Mexico over the Easter holidays.

They teamed up with helpers from Amor Ministries in Mexico, who have been building new homes since the 1980s for homeless Mexican families.

Slyne team leaders and local GPs Dr Andy Craven and Dr Paul Wadeson were joined by Ripley St Thomas pupils Christopher Wadeson, 14, Jonathan Gale, 14, Rohan Goddard, 14, and Robert Sleightholm, 14, 15-year-old Harry Rowlands from Lancaster Royal Grammar School, Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School pupil Zoe Bicknell, 16, and Dallam pupils Faye Bateson, 16, and Neve Spotswood, 14.

The group had been busy fundraising to raise the £1,300 each needed to pay for their travel and building materials, and thanks everyone who helped them reach their targets.

The team slept in tents during their stay to minimise costs.

And they travelled with the help of Travellers’ Choice coaches, who transported them to Heathrow and back.

 

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