EIGHTEEN-year-old Hollie Gregory is hoping for a financial boost this Christmas to help her dream come true.
She needs to raise £4,350 to take up an eight-month gap year trip to South Africa with the Project Trust.
There, she will be helping out in an orphanage caring for youngsters who have been abused, neglected and suffer from HIV and AIDS.
Hollie, of Whitwell Drive, Elland, is due to leave in February but is still short of her fundraising target.
Her Christmas presents will be cash and last weekend she completed a sponsored walk.
She is also waiting on support from charity trusts and businesses.
Hollie works part-time at West Vale Fisheries, which have given £150 and donations can be left there.
The former pupil of Brooksbank School, Elland, is hoping her trip doesn’t get postponed due to a shortage of funds.
“It is something I have always wanted to do,” she said.
“Going for eight months seems a bit scary and my mum is worried but excited at the same time.”
Hollie lives with mum Paula Hellewell and siblings, Nathan 21, Kai, 11, Finlay, eight, Scarlett, seven and Willow-Mae, 19 months.
She will be based around 40 miles from Cape Town at Cotlands Baby Sanctuary but will also visit other projects run by volunteers from Project Trust.
Hollie said: “I’m going to an urban area but the whole point is to travel to other projects and throw myself into them as well. I will be helping with teaching and social care.”
Her sister, Scarlett, who suffers from a rare brain tumour, has been featured in the Courier. The family are currently awaiting results of her latest brain scan.
Hollie can be contacted on 07772844400 or you can donate at www.virginmoneygiving.com/holliegregory