About Sausage Tree

To date Sausage Tree Charity has raised over £377,000. It is run on a purely voluntarily basis, with no salaries or office costs. We want the money raised to get directly to the children and schools in the Luangwa Valley, Zambia. The projects that we have undertaken include: helping to renovate and resource 3 schools, paying teachers salaries, initiating tree planting schemes and educating orphaned and vulnerable children through primary and secondary school and college.

Lu Chignell visiting Chiwawatala School

Lu Chignell, Chairperson

Born and brought up on a farm in West Sussex, Lu is a primary school teacher with special needs qualifications. Lu thought of the Sausage Tree idea when visiting a local Zambian School in 2000. She has previously raised money for ‘The Rainbow Trust’ and ‘Wizzkids’.

Will helping out during one of our charity events.

Will Chignell, Treasurer

Will is the CMO for the World Surf League. He compiled the book, ‘The Best After-Dinner Sports Tales’ which made over £40,000 for the Children’s charity SPARKS, and has also raised over £9,000 for ‘The Rainbow Trust’. He has been involved in Sausage Tree since its conception.

Haggai Chisshala

Haggai Chisshala, Project Manager

Haggai sadly passed away in May 2018. He had been running the Sausage Tree projects since 2001. His legacy will remain and his spirit will never leave us, he was the man that helped make it all happen and he is hugely missed. Born and educated in Northern Zambia, he moved to South Luangwa in 1991 when he started work for Mfuwe Lodge and The Bushcamp Company. He was dedicated to improving the development of the local community and in particular the education of the younger generation.

Robert Sadler

Robert Sadler, Accountant

Robert is a legend, and gives us his valuable time to audit all our accounts every year. He runs a successful accountancy business in Chichester.

Libba Morrison

Libba Morrison

Libba Morrison started up and ran a successful corporate floristry business in London for many years. Her experience in events and business leadership has assisted Sausage Tree’s quiz night fundraising evenings. As a dedicated supporter and promoter of Sausage Tree, Libba is keen to help Sausage Tree reach its ever increasing fund raising targets.

Kylie Haycock

Kylie Haycock

Originally from Australia, Kylie now lives in London and has a background in marketing, events and PR. She fell in love with Africa during an extended trip during 1999 and has supported Sausage Tree for many years.

David Bell

David Bell, Webmaster

Although now based in the UK running his own web design company, David was born and raised in Zimbabwe and South Africa. He feels a special connection to Sausage Tree and to Zambia, since his grandfather owned a farm near Livingstone for many years. David donates his time to run and maintain this website.