A FORMER cadet has organised a concert to raise money for a trip to China.
Dan Schofield, 17, of Burchnall Close, Deeping St James, has booked the RAF Wyton Voluntary Band to play at the Voyager School in Peterborough on March 10.
Profits from the concert should hopefully give him enough money for the trip,which will enable Dan to teach English to children in rural China for a year.
Dan, who has applied to join the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst when he returns from his trip in August next year, said: “I always intended to go into the military straight after sixth form. But I thought it was the one time in my life without any obligations so I decided to see the world.
“My time will be spent in rural China teaching local children and living as part of an undeveloped community.
“This will be of great benefit to them as English teachers are desperately needed in many parts of Asia to allow poor children access to better jobs.
“The year would benefit me as I would be experiencing a unique culture and will hopefully return with the ability to speak fluent Mandarin.”
The Deepings School pupil was chosen for the year in China after a selection course on the Isle of Coll in Scotland last summer. The trip is organised by gap year charity Project Trust.
Dan was a Flight Sergeant in the 115 (Peterborough) Squadron ATC until recently and was able to book the RAF band through a fellow cadet.
He is looking forward to the concert, which he hopes will help him reach his £5,100 fundraising target.
He has raised more than £1,000 so far through a Rugby World Cup sweepstakes, selling firewood, a car boot sale, ironing for a neighbour, selling cakes and wooden toys and Christmas bag packing at Marks and Spencer in Stamford.
Dan added: “This is the final push because my A-levels are coming up.
“The venue is 530 seats and if I sell all the tickets it should raise £4,500. It would finish off my fundraising so I can focus on my exams.”
Tickets for the concert are on sale for £10 each. Call Dan on 07825 228826 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to book.