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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Jet-setting couple set for work in Nepal

AN ADVENTUROUS Lockerbie couple are ditching their day jobs and travelling to Nepal to work with vulnerable children.

Ferne Lambert-Gorwyn, 24, and boyfriend Sam Maxwell, 25, are well known for a jet-set lifestyle.

From the Easter Islands to Bolivia, Ukraine and more, the couple are often found exploring the world together and now they will jet off in November to spend three months in the Nepalese districts of Lamjung and Baglung.

The couple, who will celebrate three years together next month, are volunteering with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), an international development charity with a vision fora‘world without poverty’.

Ferne is a seasoned volunteer, having spent a defining year with the Project Trust in Chile between 2011 and 2012.

And from then on she’s become a committed traveller, racking up thousands of air miles exploring the world.

But volunteering has always had a special place in her heart. Ferne said: “Chile definitely impacted my life and I believe it has helped shape me into the person I am today.

“After Chile I knew that’s what I wanted to do in life and it gave me a love and passion for helping people and travelling.”

Inspired by his girlfriend, this will be Sam’s first volunteering trip.

Sam said: “I’m 25 now and I’m not going to have a better opportunity and be fortunate enough to have this experience and do something like this so now is the time.”

The couple will be working with children as part of an education programme which focuses on increasing school enrolment, retention and participation of children who are marginalised from the education system — especially vulnerable girls, children with disabilities and Dalit children.

Sam said: “We chose this type of volunteering because we talked about what type of work we would like to do, and went out in search of an organisation that could help us achieve this.”

They will spend three months in Nepal before returning home back to their day jobs.

But the adventuresome couple won’t be putting their passports away for long as they are both currently studying a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) course and hope to pursue jobs abroad in the near future.

The duo are funding their own flights and accommodation but are fundraising £800 each to cover volunteer costs. And they plan to climb Ben Nevis on September2to raise the cash.

To sponsor Ferne visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/elizabeth-ferne-lambert-gorwyn and to sponsor Sam visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sammaxwell?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=SamMaxwell&utm_campaign=pfp-share&utm_term=DKrzZ24NK

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