Claremont girl battles illness to raise money for orphans

15-year-old hopes to raise �1,000 for orphans in India and Malawi

A 15-year-old girl has single-handedly raised more than �800 for children in India and Malwai despite a series of set-backs.

Brandi Campbell, who attends Claremont High School, in Claremont Avenue, Kenton, sprung into action after a presentation about Wings of Hope which provides free education to poor and orphaned children in developing countries.

But the teenager was left to fundraise alone after friends dropped out before being struck down with a viral illness that left her in hospital.

Brandi said: “Fortunately my school teacher, Miss Parker is helping me otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to do it.

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“People always talk about helping charity but don’t do anything. I want more people to show their support and know what’s going on.”

Brandi’s fundraising events have included dance classes at home, a party at a bar in Willesden, non-uniform days at school and a song and dance spectacular at school on February 18.

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Mum Donna said: “I give it to her for determination. She’s done a lot and it’s only her doing it. I’m very proud of her.”

Brandi will present a scrapbook of her fundraising work to the charity for assessment with the best going forward to a special presentation in the House of Lords.

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