A 12-YEAR-OLD girl from Archway School in Stroud will volunteer her time in a Nepal orphanage this Easter.

Megan Ashforth will accompany her father Charles Shaw to the Himalayan nation in order to help children who are unable to be with their parents due to poverty, neglect and bereavement.

The orphanage not only provides care but offers an education for the children they would not normally receive.

Charles is the designated safeguarding lead and family lead for The Ridge Academy in Cheltenham, a specialist primary provision for students aged 5-11.

He helps children with Tourette’s, Autism, ADHD and many other special needs on a daily basis.

Now Charles is hoping that he and Megan can do some good in Nepal.

He said: “Megan and I plan to help some of the children with reading English, writing, learning in general and having some fun.

“I hope that we will both learn a lot from the experience about how fortunate we are in the UK and to experience the real hardship and basic way of life.

“It should be a real once in a lifetime experience which Megan and I will never forget.

“Megan is very excited about the trip although wasn’t keen on the injections required to go.

Megan and Charles will be staying with the local Nepalese people in one of their homestays and the money paid for accommodation will go directly to the orphanage.