Palletforce, the UK’s leading express freight distribution network, is delighted to be supporting a local project which aims to raise money and change lives in Ghana.

This month the Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) has despatched a 15-strong team from the local community to the African country for a 10-day expedition to the Volta region.

The group includes pupils from local schools, organisations and other community members as well as young people from BACT’s NCS programme and BACT volunteers.

The trip is being funded by local businesses and organisations who adopt a member of the volunteer team, and sixth-form student Amber Butler will be representing Palletforce.

They will be supporting a government-administered primary school which provides education to 550 children between the ages of four and 20, from kindergarten up to the final year of junior high school.

The trip – the fifth undertaken in partnership with African Adventures – will raise funds for those children in Africa who don’t get clean water to drink or food on the table each day, or even have the chance to go to school and learn.

The volunteers will be teaching in schools, coaching sports and building a new community library to help provide resources and materials to create a lasting legacy.

Jo Duncan, Palletforce Hub Operations Director, who also oversees many of Palletforce’s charity initiatives, said: “The Burton Albion Community Trust does tremendous work to improve the lives of people in Africa, and when they approached us for support we were delighted to do our bit to help.

“We set a challenge every year to raise thousands for good causes in the Burton area, but this is an example of local people reaching out across the world to help others.”

John Widdowson, Community Manager at Burton Albion Community Trust, who is also travelling to Ghana as part of the team, said: “We are extremely grateful to Palletforce for their support of our African Adventure.

“This trip has been a long time in the planning due to Covid. It feels great to be going back to Ghana and we couldn’t do this without the support of sponsors and supporters like Palletforce.”

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