A STUDENT is undertaking madcap schemes to raise money for underprivileged children.

Nicola Davies has dressed as Father Christmas to deliver candy canes, sold pizza and will become an Easter bunny for charity.

The former student at Colchester County High School for Girls and fellow undergraduates at Sheffield University are help youngsters get an education.

The group are working with Childreach International, a charity working to unlock the potential of some of the most marginalised children.

It supports the children’s right to learn, stay healthy and keep safe in Bangladesh, India, Morocco, Nepal, Tanzania and the UK.

Nicola has to raise £2,600 before she heads to Tanzania in June, where she will work with youngsters before climbing Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest peak.

Nicola, 20, of Park Road, Lexden, who is studying for a degree in biomedical science, said: “So far, I have raised £700, but have more challenges planned.

"I dressed as Santa to deliver candy canes to students on campus and am also planning to deliver Easter eggs.’’

She is competing in a Tough Mudder race, a gruelling obstacle course designed by the special forces to test strength, stamina and determination to the limit.

Nicola hopes her challenges will boost her fundraising total. She has also set up Operation 300 Pennies, in which people can donate £3 via text.

Anyone wanting to donate can text UNLOCK 131785 to 70007 or visit mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/nicoladavies