African expedition for Derbyshire students

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Teenagers from five schools are heading to Africa to deliver education projects – in a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Thirty youngsters will be joined by six teachers plus British Expedition Society leaders to install a jungle gym, climbing frames and swings outside a school in Namibia next July.

Then they will spend four days trekking across wetlands, gorges and rocky terrain before enjoying a gala night and flying home.

The students are from schools in Derbyshire – The Bolsover School, Shirebrook Academy, Heritage High School in Clowne, Stubbin Wood School in Shirebrook, and Frederick Gent School, South Normanton.

The expedition is the brainchild of Dr Steve Lloyd, chair of NHS Hardwick clinical commissioning group.

The group is helping fund the expedition alongside other members of Bolsover Local Strategic Partnership.

Derbyshire County Council has contracted the BES to lead the adventure. A fundraising target of £1,500 has been set for each student.

Dr Lloyd said: “The expedition will benefit the health of our young people while broadening their cultural horizons and enriching the lives of Namibian schoolchildren.”