Luke seeks help from the stars for project

Luke with some of the celebrity-signed memorabilia.

Luke with some of the celebrity-signed memorabilia.

A Chronicle Country man will be going on an African adventure – helping underprivileged children in Kenya.

Luke Newman of Biggleswade will be joining his father Steve and brother Paul for an 11-day trip to the East African country in May.

The 33-year old will be doing teaching and community work in the city of Nakuru, helping with subjects like maths, English and music and coaching youngsters who may have HIV/AIDS or who are orphaned.

Father-of-three Luke, who lives in Planets Way, has been collecting a variety of celebrity memorabilia to sell so he can raise funds for the trip.

Items collected so far include signed photographs of stars like Vince Vaughan, Charlie Sheen, Ricky Gervais, Simon Cowell and Olympian Sir Chris Hoy.

Luke said: “The trip is in May but I need to raise £2,250 by April. I have raised around half of that so far.

“It’s quite a lot a of money so I decided to contact the offices of some celebrities to see if they could help.”

Luke was pleasantly surprised with the results.

He added: “Most of them were very receptive and generous, and I have sold quite a lot of items for Christmas and birthday presents. Elton John was especially kind.”

Luke – who is also raising money at charity music nights held at the White Hart pub in Biggleswade – has been inspired by his father and brother.

He said: “As well as helping at the school I will also be doing sports coaching and helping with community building and renovation work.

“This could include painting classroom walls, making and installing water tanks and helping clear land for harvesting crops.”

To sponsor Luke or find out more visit his donation page at www.just




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