On Friday the 1st of September 2017, the Provincial Webmaster and Master of Lactodorum Lodge No. 8526, WBro Simon Key, together with Bro Des Morris, also of Lactodorum, were pleased to attend the home address of 15-year old Eloise Whitlock in Bugbrooke, and present her with a cheque for £200 in support of her bid to take-part in World Challenge India 2018.

Eloise was born severely deaf but wasn't diagnosed as such until she was nearly 3-years old.

Since then, and with specialist teaching-support, Eloise has been able to attend Bugbrooke Pre-School, Bugbrooke Primary School and her current school, Campion.

The members of Lactodorum were made aware of Eloise's bid as a result of an inspirational letter she sent to Bro Des, who is a near-neighbour. 

Eloise wrote:

As a result of my deafness, I have had issues with self-esteem/worth and it has taken me a very long time to realise that most things are possible for me but extra support/equipment may be needed.

With my confidence growing, I have decided to push myself out of my comfort zone and do something that would benefit others and show me that I can achieve anything I put my mind to.

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Eloise Whitlock with Bro Des Morris (left) and WBro Simon Key

World Challenge expeditions are designed to develop important life skills; they help students to:

  • Hone teamwork and leadership skills
  • Gain confidence and self-esteem
  • Become more globally aware
  • Enhance their employment prospects

Students taking part in World Challenge are required to raise the money needed by fundraising and sponsorship. 

Eloise has earned money by doing jobs for friends and family (including grass cutting), dog walking and selling homemade cakes. She has also taken part in a sponsored abseil down the National Lift Tower (previously called the Express Lift Tower and known locally as the "Northampton Lighthouse").

The members of Lactodorum Lodge are thrilled to be able to assist Eloise in her endeavour and send her their very best wishes for her trip.

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