Craven’s business development manager to trek on African river

Craven’s Louisa Millington will be raising money for Zambian teenagers’ schooling.

Craven Solutions’ business development manager is set to embark on a trek through Zambia, Africa to raise school fees funds for teenagers in the region.

With support from the Knaresborough-based storage and handling manufacturer, 27-year-old Louisa Millington will be completing a sponsored canoe down the croc-infested Zambezi River to raise money for the people in the Lower Zambezi area.

Part of The Zambezi Connection charitable programme, the trek forms part of a larger effort to improve the lives of the local children and their school and Millington is aiming to raise £1,500 for the cause.

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She said: “I’ve never really done any charity work, but when I met another member of the trek at a business to business event, I was introduced a new way of thinking and so I decided to step out of my comfort zone and join the trek.

“I want to help the children of the local school in Zambia; it’s a small price for us and a massive one for those in need – the help and support we can provide is phenomenal.”

She will fly out to Zambia in July, joining a small group of nine who will all embark on a 5-day canoe journey down the fourth longest river in Africa, camping on the riverside as they go, as well as visiting the school they are raising money for.

“Any donations made will help pay for school fees from the ages of 15 to 18 years old, and as a group we want to raise over £10,000 to really make a difference to the children’s lives,” said Millington, who is paying for all travel costs and expenses herself.

Craven’s sales director, Neil Fox, said: “It’s fantastic to see Louisa taking part in such a worthy cause, I’m sure she’ll be fantastic throughout the trek. All of us here at Craven are thrilled to be supporting her quest.”

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