Runswick student to head to Africa for charity work

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A CAMBRIDGE student from Runswick Bay who raised money for a school in Kenya will spend the summer there making sure the money is well used.

Lizzie Dobson (21) a former pupil of Caedmon School and Whitby Community College and now studying biology at Cambridge will be one of a party of 38 students from Cambridge, Oxford and London universities.

They are supporting the Kenya Education Partnership which was established in the 1990s to help the country’s disadvantaged students.

Lizzie raised £700 at a soup and sweet lunch at the Old School in Hinderwell and she will take the money with her to spend for the benefit of the young people.

She said: “There is evidence that in the past money raised like this was never actually spent for the benefit of the people it was intended for so we’ll make sure that this is used efficiently.

“The students there are aged from 13 to 21 and we’ll be immersing ourselves in the school to find out what’s most needed.

“We’ll be provided with accommodation in the village where the school is situated and we’ll get a good idea how education works there.”

Lizzie will travel to Kenya in July and spend ten weeks there but her next task is to raise £400 to £500 to cover the cost of her flight.