A 22-YEAR-OLD plumber from Whitby has chosen to give up spending Christmas with her family and instead will spend it helping a women’s refugee centre in India.
Liz Laughton, who works for construction company Willmott Dixon, is leading a group of Girl Guides on a charity trip to Maher in southern India to leave a lasting legacy for local women.
The centre is a refuge for women from abusive relationships and problematic families.
It also operates as a home for orphans and children from broken homes.
Liz said: “I am so excited about this life-changing trip and think it is a great opportunity for everybody involved.
“My colleagues have been so supportive and have helped me reach my £1,000 target through donations and fund-raising initiatives that they’ve held in the office over the past few weeks.
“Their generosity has enabled me to take part in the trip of a lifetime and I am so grateful for that.”