Messenger deliverer moves to
by Kate Atkinson
Kathryn Palmer, who has been delivering
the Messenger for almost a year now, is about to
move to Morocco to spend a gap year teaching.
The 18-year-old, who delivers to Norwood Road
and the surrounding areas, said: “I enjoy delivering
the Messenger, but not all the time! I deliver 250 copies
and it takes quite a while because you have to go up to every
single door. It’s easier than a paper round though,
because you don’t have to remember which houses to go
to – you just go to them all!”
She is finishing her A Levels at King Edward
VII School but Kathryn has chosen to do something completely
different before she goes to university.
“I didn’t know what I wanted to
do in my gap year at all, but then I had a talk at school
about Project Trust, who organise voluntary projects for school
leavers taking a gap year, and they sounded really good.”
Kathryn told me she chose to go to Morocco with
Project Trust as its culture is really different to Europe’s.
She speaks French, one of the main languages. “The official
language is Arabic and many people also speak Berber, so I
think it’s going to be quite difficult!”
While in Morocco, Kathryn wants to set up a
link over the internet between Firshill School, where she
has been a volunteer for the last two years, and the Moroccan
school where she will be teaching. “It will be good
for children from both schools to see what it’s like
in another country. They’ll be able to learn about the
Kathryn organised fundraising events to make
the £3,850 she needs to support her in Morocco for a
year, and is less than £1,000 off her target. “I
held a ceilidh, which is a sort of Scottish barn dance, in
St Catherine’s Community Centre. I’ve been baking
and selling cakes in my school, every Friday since November.
It took a lot of my time up but I made £200 or £300.
I’ve stopped doing it now though because I got sick
of making cakes!”
She is about to hold a fundraising disco for
all ages at the All Saints Community Centre on Saturday, 22nd
May from 7.30–11pm. Food and soft drinks are provided
and admission is £3 waged and £1.50 unwaged.
“A gap year’s a really good thing
to do. I was pleasantly surprised at how generous people have
been, too. It’s been quite fun!”