Making light for Kabubbu

26th July

A Heathfield teenager is using her creative skills to help raise money for a village in Africa.

Picture of Holly standing next to her tea-light holders

Holly Christian, a student at Heathfield Community College, is fundraising for a trip to the Ugandan village of Kabubbu.

She has been busy making tea-light holders in order to fundraise for the trip. The holders are being exhibited at The Crypt Gallery in Seaford throughout July as part of the Sussex Arts Collective Collection 5 exhibition.

Her tea-light holders are selling well and have received lovely comments. So much so, Holly has been offered a place in the upcoming Artwave festival by a customer.

Holly is one of 24 students going to Uganda next February, accompanied by four members of staff, to take part in a volunteering project. She explains: “I want to be able to help people less fortunate than myself. It’s a great opportunity to give something back.”

Holly’s mother, Fiona Christian, says: “Holly watched a ‘how to’ video a couple of years ago and made a tea-light holder. The feedback she received was brilliant. So when the school said she had to raise money for the trip, Holly thought she’d see if she could make some and sell them.”

The students going on this trip are covering their own costs, meaning that 100 per cent of donations received will go directly to the Quicken Trust.

The Quicken Trust is a Sussex-based charity committed to transforming the lives of people living in the poverty-stricken village of Kabubbu.

The college has a long-standing relationship with the Quicken Trust and visited Kabubbu two years ago. During that trip, the college helped to build a community church, painted a health centre and even led primary school assemblies.

So far, £97 of the £14,000 target has been raised. If you would like to donate, please visit: