A STUDENT from Finningham has won a trip of a lifetime to India with development charity Raleigh for writing a 500 word poem .
Amy Donegan, 19, travels to India on June 27 for a seven-week expedition to help out on community and environmental projects.
Amy, a former pupil of Kings Edward VI School, in Bury St Edmunds, entered a competition advertised on an Oxford stationery notebook last December.
The competition was to write 500 words on how the trip would help in a future career.
Amy, who wants to be a travel writer, used her travelling experience to Vietnam in 2009 with the World Challenge programme to inspire her poem.
Amy said she was thrilled to win the prize as she had always dreamt of exploring India.
She said: “I was in the supermarket with my mum and saw the competition on the cover of a notebook and thought, why not give it a go.
“I wrote the 500 words as a full rhyming poem – it’s not easy writing that many words in couplets.
“I am very excited about going, I am looking forward to experiencing everything the country has to offer.
“I have always wanted to go to India, it has such a different culture to our own.”