Matt’s cash will buy a child an education

Matt Alpin hands over a cheque for the money he raised.
Matt Alpin hands over a cheque for the money he raised.

Ripley St Thomas sixth form pupil Matt Alpin has raised enough money to pay for the school fees of a child in an orphanage in Nepal.

Matt was part of a team which took part in the recent Born Survivor event at Lowther Castle.

The race involved a 10 kilometre run and crossing 30 military style obstacles.

He said: “The course was very muddy and wet, but it was great fun.

“Everyone helped each other and there was a brilliant atmosphere.”

Matt raised £360, which will be used to pay for the school fees of a child at Naxal Orphanage, which is situated about a mile from the centre of Kathmandu.

The orphanage cares for about 40 orphaned, abandoned or displaced children.

Despite poor living conditions and diet, no heating and only an intermittent electricity supply, the children are happy and keen to learn.

They attend local private schools which are very expensive and at times the orphanage struggles to meet the cost of their education.

Matt said: “I help out with the junior church at St Oswald’s in Warton.

“Monica Placzek, a retired paediatrician, who goes out to work as a volunteer in the orphanage every year, has come several times to tell the children about Naxal.

“The last time she was in the orphanage she asked the children to write a wish list of the things they most wanted.

“There were a lot of things on that list, such as toothpaste, a door mat and a toilet brush, which we just take for granted.

“It was a very humbling thing to read and it made me want to do something to help them.”

St Oswald’s Junior Church have held a series of fundraising events to pay for better food, toiletries and school equipment and uniform for Naxal.

They are now combining forces with Warton Village Society to organise a “Teddyfest” which will be held at Archbishop Hutton School in Warton on Saturday, June 14 from 2 – 4.30pm.

There will be stalls, games, crafts, teas and teddy related activities and all proceeds will go towards the school fees for the orphans.

If anyone would like to make a donation or would like further information about Naxal Orphanage they can contact Monica at