Brave Eleanor English has thanked everyone who helped raise £165 towards her dream trip to the Far East.
The Horncastle teenager - a pupil at the town’s Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School - is planning to visit poverty stricken children in Vietnam, Laos and China as part of the 2016 World Challenge.
Eleanor will make the trip, even though she is having to learn to walk again after being born with a medical condition which meant her legs were out of alignment.
She has to raise the funds for the trip herself and held the table top sale last Saturday at St Peter’s Church Hall in Woodhall Spa.
And just 48 hours later, Eleanor was back in hospital for another in a long list of operations.
Eleanor said: “I have been quite overwhelmed with the support, donations and kind words from everyone who is clearly behind my goal to beat the setbacks and be in China in 2016, which makes me even more determined to push on”
“We are going to have to defer a sponsored swim for a while as I was back at Lincoln hospital on Monday for another operation which will put me back possibly in the wheelchair again for a while.
“It will feel like starting again but each time it makes me stronger and I am determined to show everyone it can be overcome “
Eleanor, who is pictured above (right) with friends Dan and Annie, is also planning a series of car boot sales.
She said: “I’ll be out there at 7am as every penny counts!”