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Ramsgate: French pupil from twin town Conflans-Sainte-Honorine looking for trip accomodation

By Katie Davis

Parents of a disabled French pupil are on a mission to find a host family to stop their daughter missing out on a school trip.

Lilou Lécaille is a 14-year-old year nine pupil at a school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine in France, which is one of Ramsgate’s twin towns.

Lilou’s English teacher has arranged a school trip to Ramsgate in March next year, but has said Lilou’s family will need to organise accommodation themselves to enable her to join in on the trip.

Lilou Lécaille

Lilou Lécaille

Lilou has motor disability which prevents her from standing for a long time.

Her parents, Bertille and Geoffray Lécaille, said: “The teacher suggested we should rent a hotel room but we would prefer a host family for the cultural aspect.

“Indeed, Lilou is very interested in discovering the English culture and she would like to practice her English with native speakers.

“Lilou does not need her wheelchair in the house and can move around okay, so there is no need for special wheelchair friendly doors.”

Lilou and her father, who would be the person there to help her if she needs it, are looking for a host family for the visit from March 11 to 17 next year.

Lilou’s parents said: “We are ready to give a money compensation to the host family who would agree to welcome our daughter and her father.”

Terry Fearn, of Ramsgate Twinning Association, said: “I’ve asked around several local schools and some disability groups but have so far been unsuccessful in finding accommodation for Lilou.

“Her parents are aware that there are some hotels that would accommodate them, but they really want to experience a home environment.

“Lilou needs ground floor accommodation that she can share with her father, so a twin bedded room in a bungalow might be ideal.

“I’m sure that someone in our lovely town would welcome a young person who genuinely wants to discover a little more about the English way of life.”

If you’re able to help accommodate Lilou and her father contact Terry on 07505 120059 or email terryfearn01@gmail.com

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