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The travel company Student Adventures has gone into administration, leaving hundreds of students who were set to go on, or who are currently on adventures overseas in support of charities, have been forced to either abandon their travel plans or remain stranded.
After the trip organiser GBCE Limited, trading as Student Adventures has abruptly ceased trading and cancelled all of its services, there are fears for students currently carrying out charity trips and adventures in various destinations around the world.
Forty students from Nottingham University were grounded at Gatwick airport last Thursday after they were told the news via either text message or email whilst en route to Tanzania in order to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
Danielle Horner, who recently graduated from Portsmouth University was meant to depart for the highest mountain in Africa last week and said she feels frustrated and confused: “I’m absolutely gutted. I’m devastated because we’ve all put in so much hard work, so much time and so much money.”
Danielle had managed to raise an impressive £3,000 for the charity Practical Action before planning on travelling to Africa to climb the mountain – affectionately nicknamed ‘Kili’ by climbers – before GBCE abruptly announced they were revoking their services as a result of going into administration.
She added, “I can only hope that the charities are going to get the full amount of money.”
A spokeswoman for the Meningitis Research Foundation, who students have been raising cash for by climbing Kili have stated that, “There is a lot of disappointment. A lot of them have worked extremely hard and we have sympathy for them. It’s really frustrating for them and a lot of them are upset because they were raising money for charities like outs and they didn’t want to let us down.”
She added, “Student Adventures is one of our more successful fundraisers. This has been one of the most popular ways for students to raise funds because it challenges them and it is more exciting.”
Andy Robinson is a parent of 19 year-old Hannah, who attends Plymouth University and who is in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, planning to climb the mountain this week. He said, “I’m really concerned that she’s stuck in Dar es Salaam and she can’t get home, but we’ll find out.”
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