Lindsey chosen to make a change to Kenya lives

CATCHLINE: KENYAEB''Sheffield student Lindsey Chynoweth has won a charity placement.
CATCHLINE: KENYAEB''Sheffield student Lindsey Chynoweth has won a charity placement.
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A SHEFFIELD graduate is making a difference to the lives of African families after winning a placement on a charitable venture.

Lindsey Chynoweth, 23, will recruit volunteers to raise cash for sustainable water and biogas projects in Kenya for the next four months.

She was one of 500 winners selected to work for their chosen charity as part of the Vodafone World of Difference programme.

Lindsey, of Crookesmoor, has chosen the Sheffield-based Dig Deep Africa to help as a fundraising manager.

The University of Sheffield graduate said: “It is a wonderful opportunity to donate our time to make a difference.

“Since last May, I have been leading a challenge expedition team of over 25 Sheffield students to raise money for Dig Deep.

“We are aiming to raise over £40,000 before June which will directly support communities in Africa to access clean water, fuel and sanitation.”

So far, £15,000 has already been raised towards the target through a series of challenges.

These have included swimming in the sea on Christmas Day, going vegan for a month and shooting a naked calendar showcasing famous Sheffield landmarks.

Based in Nether Edge, Dig Deep Africa works with communities to help improve access to clean water and renewable energy.

Projects range from drilling wells to harnessing rainwater and creating renewable energy supplies.

Working for them could lead to Lindsey, who studied English literature at Sheffield University, landing her dream job making a difference.

She said: “It’s a four month placement but I’m hoping it will lead to a job in the future, it’s very exciting.”