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SAFE Foundation's Lucy Dickenson: Zambia death charge

Lucy Dickenson
Image caption Lucy Dickenson set up a charity to fund projects around the world

A man has been charged with causing the death of a charity worker from south Wales who was killed in a car crash in Zambia.

Lucy Dickenson, 32, from Barry, was helping people in the south central African country grow their own food when she died.

The driver of the truck she was travelling in was arrested.

Zambian Police said was been charged with causing death by dangerous driving and another motoring offence.

Spokeswoman Esther Mwaata Katongo said the driver had minor injuries in the crash as the vehicle was heading from Siavonga to Monze district.

Ms Dickenson travelled around the world after setting up the SAFE Foundation with her twin sister in 2007.

They ran the charity initially from their mother's home in Barry raising money in Britain to fund projects around the world.

The organisation later moved to Cardiff where it worked with young people not in education, employment or training to boost their self-esteem by sending them to lead workshops in Africa and Asia.

She helped set up projects in Zambia, Cambodia, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Ghana, India, and Nepal.

Ms Dickenson's sister Hannah Fitt said she was "an amazing person who had so many different dimensions to her".

"The work with the charity was amazing but that was not all of who she was," she said.

"It's really hard to sum up someone who did all of what she did and who meant so much to so many people.

"She was an inspiration to so many people.

"She really did touch everybody she met and there's a lot of people out there who really looked up to her."

'People are numb'

Ms Dickenson travelled to the Zambian capital Lusaka earlier in August after completing an international development degree with the Open University.

She was doing charity work with a group called Monze District Land Alliance in the south of the country when she died.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said they are assisting her family in Barry.

Tom Beardshaw, a trustee of the Safe Foundation, said: "There are a lot of people in Cardiff and Barry who are numb at the moment.

"She was a fantastic woman, a great person to be with and really dedicated to what she did."

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