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A group of 29 volunteers from the UK, Europe and South Africa set out on 1st March 2012 on a 10 day adventure to Kenya and Tanzania in support of Compassion's Leadership Development Programme, which enables incredibly talented young people from developing nations to attend university (in their home countries) with a view to creating leaders that will change their communities, their countries and the world for the better.

One of those volunteers was Naomi Jones, who graduated from this department in 2010 with an MEng in Chemical Engineering. She is now a second year process engineering graduate with BP's Southern Gas Asset, based near Hull, East Yorkshire.

Naomi Jones

She says, "Over the past 6 months, we've been raising money to specifically sponsor 4 Kenyan students, who we had the privilege of meeting while in Nairobi two weeks ago.

The trip was centered around climbing Kilimanjaro, the tallest freestanding mountain in the world (5,895m). I reached the summit at around 8am (local time) on Thursday 8th March, after 4.5 days of gruelling climb in which our group faced thunderstorms, snow below 4000m (very unusual this time of year), altitude sickness, medical emergencies, and much more. The success of the expedition despite these challenges was due to the incredible dedication and skill of our team of guides and porters from the African Walking Company."

Naomi Jones and friendsShe added, "To date, I've raised over £2,000 for this fantastic cause, but cannot express just how much these students deserve our support! Our fundraising pages will remain active for a short while after the expedition, so if you'd like to donate, please visit either or "