Venture in Malawi is a real family affair

Cameron with Manchewe football team
Cameron with Manchewe football team
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A former De Aston pupil and his sister are living and working in Malawi and helping raise money for local communities.

Maddy and Cameron McAllister, from Benniworth, run ‘The Mushroom Lodge’ - an award-winning holiday complex in Northern Malawi near the town of Livingstonia.

Their parents Colin and Susan McAllister bought the site earlier this year and handed responsibility for managing it to their offspring.

Cameron, 25, attended De Aston School in Market Rasen while Maddy, 22, is a former pupil at Banovallum School in Horncastle.

Apart from their day job, the pair are aiming to raise money for the David Gordon Memorial Hospital and various other projects in Livingstonia and their local village, Manchewe.

Mum Susan said: “They love it out there and it is a wonderful part of the world to live and work.

“The people are so friendly and we want to try to do as much as we can to help.”

As well as the hospital, the McAllister family are hoping to improve conditions at a local school in Manchewe.

Susan added: “There are 400 pupils, but the school could do with a new tin roof - and other improvements.

“Anything we can do will be a big help.”

The family have organised a fundraising event at the Angel Coffee House in Lincoln on December 14 between 6pm-9pm.

It will have a Malawi theme and will include a performance from musician Ron N’Komea.

Works by artists from Malawai will be available for sale at the event.

Maddy and Cameron will not be attending as they will be otherwise occupied - running The Mushroom Lodge.

Maddy said: “When we arrived, it was sheer excitement and amazing.

“Every day brings new delights and surprises.”