Collectplus CEO Neil Ashworth talks with the Princess Royal at last weeks Transaid 15th Anniversary Reception at Buckingham Palace.
Also in the photo is Steve Agg (CEO of Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport).
Comic Relief announced a £1 million grant to transport industry charity Transaid, at the organisation’s 15th anniversary celebration at Buckingham Palace, hosted by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.
The five-year grant, which will be used to set up Transaid’s Emergency Transport Scheme in Adamawa State in Nigeria, was welcomed by charity patron The Princess Royal who also paid tribute to the transport and logistics sector for their ongoing support.
The Princess Royal said the support the industry has given to Transaid over the last 15 years is invaluable, before adding that the work completed so far is “only the beginning”.
Harriet Cochrane, International Grants Health Programme Manager at Comic Relief said: “In just one year 287,000 women die as a result of pregnancy-related complications around the world, and shockingly, 14 per cent of these deaths are in Nigeria alone. Many of these deaths could have been avoided if the women had been able to reach a health facility for their delivery.”
Transaid’s Emergency Transport Scheme has already helped 10,000 pregnant women in Africa access medical facilities during labour, by training local taxi drivers and encouraging them to transport them to health centres free of charge or at minimal cost.