Boys dig in to help Lewis


Sunderland Echo - - News - By Daniela Silva Twit­ter: @sun­der­lan­de­cho

A Sun­der­land teenager’s ca­reer dream has moved a step closer with help from a city fund.

Lewis Hodg­son, 17, dreamed of open­ing his own busi­ness in tree surgery, but trav­el­ling costs were mak­ing it im­pos­si­ble.

The weekly ex­penses for the four-hour trip from Pen­ny­well to East Durham Col­lege, in Durham City, were a fi­nan­cial bur­den on Lewis and his mother.

Lewis said: “Spend­ing all my money on bus fares meant I had noth­ing to spend on food dur­ing the day.”

The bur­den was push­ing Lewis into quit­ting his dream course and look­ing at other ca­reer op­tions, un­til one of his former teach­ers stepped in.

Academy 360’s Colin Kin­vig heard about the teenager’s fi­nan­cial prob­lems and con­tacted the Sun­der­land Boys Fund to grant a fund for Lewis’s daily trip to his course at the col­lege’s Houghall cam­pus.

Colin said: “I put a bid in for Lewis to the Sun­der­land Boys Fund to help him and his mam out to cover his bus fares ev­ery month.”

The Sun­der­land Boys Fund was es­tab­lished to pro­vide fi­nan­cial help to young peo­ple un­der 25 to sup­port them into work, such as con­tri­bu­tions to­wards travel costs and cloth­ing for job in­ter­views.

Ian Thomp­son, chair­man of the Sun­der­land Boys Fund, said: “The trustees were de­lighted to sup­port Lewis. His de­ter­mi­na­tion, through per­sonal chal­lenges, to achieve his dream of em­ploy­ment is com­mend­able and in­di­cated to the trustees that his ap­pli­ca­tion was a very worth­while one.”

Lewis has now set his sight­sonaca­reerasatreesur­geon in Aus­tralia or Canada.

Lewis Hodg­son with his former teacher Colin Kin­vig.

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