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CML ships much needed goods to Senegal for charity

End-to-end logistics firm has sponsored the freight costs of a charity shipment to West Africa


CML has announced that it has recently supported the parents of its Global Logistics Manager, Paul Bambrough-Smith, with the shipment of charity goods to a primary school in Senegal. 

The recent news comes following Mr and Mrs Smith’s holiday to West Africa in January 2017. During their trip the couple visited a village on a remote island in Senegal, which is home to around 600 people including approximately 160 primary school children. Whilst visiting the island, John and Rosie Smith noticed that even though the villagers were so welcoming, happy and healthy, they were very poor and many of the children wore clothes that didn’t fit them properly. It was this that made the couple want to give something back to the village, as Rosie confirms: “During our eye-opening trip to the remote village in Senegal, we met some of the most amazing people.

One of them was Ben, the primary school’s head teacher. After spending some time with Ben, it was clear that he was struggling to buy the resources he needed to teach the children. John and I felt this urge to do anything we could to help support the primary school and make sure that the children have the resources they need to learn with.”

“When we returned to the UK we put together a box of French textbooks, pens and pencils and sent them to the primary school. The response from Ben and the children was incredible and they were thrilled to bits. After this, we asked him if there was anything else that he needed and we put together three boxes, which included 180 articles of clothing, a wall map of the world and more pens and pencils.”

“When it came to arranging the shipment for these three boxes, we spoke to our son Paul for his advice. It was after this that that CML offered to cover the freight charges. We can’t thank Paul and everyone at CML enough for all their help making this possible.” 

Commenting on the recent news CML’s Managing Director, Mark Webb, said: “When we heard what Paul’s parents were doing, we couldn’t help but want to get involved. When compared to donating money to a charity, being able to use our very own freight team to help support a charitable cause was highly rewarding for us as a business. As you can imagine, the primary school children in this village are in need of clothes and equipment, so it was wonderful to be able to see the direct results of our efforts.”

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