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Given latitude to plug volunteering

A COUPLE have been forced to sell their family home to honour a centuries old deal with the church.

LOCAL girl Kimberley Stokes became one of the last participants in a much-publicised art project.

The 19-year-old was one of the 2,400 people chosen to take part in the One and Other Project – devised by Anthony Gormley.

Earlier this month she was invited to climb atop Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth, and spend an hour in the limelight.

Kimberley opted to use her 60 minutes of fame to promote a charity close to her heart – Lattitude Global Volunteering.

“I wanted to use my once-in-a-lifetime opportunity on the plinth, to tell people about the benefits of volunteering abroad,” she said.

After completing a certificate in childcare and development, the Solihull student will be volunteering at an outdoor education centre in Canada. And Lattitude have helped fund the teenager’s overseas trip.

“I am excited to travel to another part of the world, and to become a part of the community there, while making a positive difference to these young people’s lives.”

Taking place over 100 days, more than 30,000 people applied to take part in Anthony Gormley’s project. The lucky few who were chosen were each given an hour atop the plinth, during which time they could do as they pleased – providing it was legal.

Kimberley was one of the last to get involved, since the project drew to a close last week. To find out more, go to



Cathrina Hulse
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