Pictured: whg’s Shelly Bray (front, centre) with fellow volunteers before they set off to India
A compassionate whg colleague is among volunteers travelling to India to lend practical and spiritual support to a community.
whg Community Champion Shelly Bray is one of 12 making the 10-day trip to Adhra Pradesh in southern India.
The volunteers, members of The Church on the Corner in Bentley, Walsall, will focus their efforts on Mercy Mission, which includes an orphanage, school, health centre, skills workshop, Bible training college and church.
whg, one of the Midlands’ leading housing providers, has supported Shelly, who works with single mothers in Bentley and Blakenall, with a £200 donation.
Mother-of-two Shelly, aged 26, said: “I felt compelled to put myself forward for the trip and now the day has arrived I am excited but anxious too. I know it will be different to anything I’ve experienced before and it will make me appreciate everything I have at home.”
Shelly’s sister, and England women’s footballer, Rachel Unitt donated signed shirts for raffle to contribute towards the costs of the expedition and the congregation organised carol singing, a sponsored walk, car wash and barbecues, to name but a few of the fundraising activities which have taken place.
Connie Jennings, whg Regeneration Programme Manager, said: “We are so proud of Shelly here at whg. Since joining us in November she’s had a great impact on the communities in which she works and we know she’ll help make this trip a success too.”
The team will decorate the orphanage, which accommodates around 100 youngsters, during the stay and entertain the children with stories, crafts, puppets, games, drama, teaching and prayer.