A once in a liftime trip with Mission Europe

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Kind-hearted volunteers from Heanor are set to embark on a 1,400 mile trip to Serbia to rebuild houses for women and children.

Alan Burton, 45, and Robert Hallsworth, 50, will join 14 other volunteers on the trip, which will see them rebuilding houses for survivors of the sex-trafficking trade in the country.

The week-long trip to Novi Sad, was organised by the New Horizon Church in Eastwood, which Alan and Robert are members of.

Alan Burton, of Market Square, said he was excited to be part of the life-changing trip. He added: “I can’t wait to make a difference to the lives of the woman and children that have been affected by such horrific crimes.”

Fellow volunteer Robert Hallsworth, of Westfield Avenue said: “I don’t think there will be anything more rewarding than making a difference to a community that needs the help we are able to provide.”

In the run up to the venture, the group have raised £5,000 for building materials. The money will go towards a new roof, windows and doors, plumbing, electricity and general ground maintenance.

The trip was the brainchild of church leader Craig Wells. He recruited help from European trip company Mission Europe, who organised flights and accomodation.

Craig said: “Serbia is the sex-trafficking capital of the western world. After we heard about how these women and children were being exploited we knew we just needed to go out and make a difference.”

The group will set off for Serbia on Saturday, October 4. For more information contact Craig Wells on 07984255768.