A SOLIHULL man has overcome his fear of spiders, which had been threatening his planned trip to India to work on a charity programme through Raleigh International.
Stephen Lovell, aged 21, who attended Lode Heath Secondary School and the Sixth Form College Solihull, has just graduated from Lancaster University and wanted to join Raleigh International on a 10-week expedition.
The trip to southern India has been designed to help local village communities, as well as the wider environment.
To fund the trip, Stephen needs to raise a minimum of £3,000 and to do this, he has been busy with a range of part-time jobs and sponsorship activities including running the Birmingham Half Marathon.
And if that wasn’t enough of a challenge, he had to overcome his very real fear of spiders.
“We will be spending most nights camping in the open and I am fully aware that India has more than its fair share of the hairy little monsters,” said Stephen.
However help was at hand from the spider experts at Dudley Zoo.
“David Riley there runs an arachnophobia workshop and I think you can see just how successful it was,” said Stephen.
With his phobia cured, there is still the challenge of raising all the money by Christmas.
To sponsor Stephen visit his website at www.justgiving.com/stevelovell90.