IT worker swaps desk job for charity

A TELEVISION documentary has inspired an IT worker to swap his desk job to look after some of the world s most deprived children. David Stean, of Cromwell Court, St Neots, is going to Bulgaria for a month on July 27 with a group of other volunteers to he

A TELEVISION documentary has inspired an IT worker to swap his desk job to look after some of the world's most deprived children.

David Stean, of Cromwell Court, St Neots, is going to Bulgaria for a month on July 27 with a group of other volunteers to help at a summer camp for orphaned children.

The 27-year-old will assist with arts and crafts workshops and music and languages lessons.

Mr Stean, who volunteers once a week for Scope, said: "I saw a documentary on television about an orphanage in Bulgaria and was disgusted at the conditions the children were living in and decided I wanted to help.

"They share clothes, suffer physical abuse and do not even have basic toilet facilities.

"The holiday camp is the only thing the kids look forward to and that relies on donations and the work of volunteers."

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The camp is run by the Lora Foundation.

Mr Stean, who works as a support analyst for the Luminus Group, added: "I have told everyone that I fully expect to cry my eyes out on the first day when I see the kids. It is going to be pretty tough and a very humbling experience."

Before he goes on the trip he is hoping to raise as much money as possible for the foundation. To do this, he is attempting to complete two fundraising challenges, a 20km walk along the South Downs on Saturday (May 3) and a day-long motorcycle ride from John O'Groats to Lands End in June.

He has already raised £1,200 after the Luminus Group matched the £600 he raised.

INFORMATION: To sponsor Mr Stean visit www.sponsorformsonline.co.uk/newerwaves.asp. For more information about the summer camp visit http://lorafoundation.co.za

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