Kieran helps out in Ethiopia with International Citizen Service

A former Louth Town striker will team up with Ethiopian volunteers to tackle poverty and some of the problems facing their local community, after getting a place on the government funded International Citizen Service (ICS).

Kieran Gilberthorpe from Skendleby near Spilsby, will travel to Awassa in Ethiopia to work on the development programme for 12 weeks that begins on January 23.

ICS allows young people aged 18 to 25 to contribute to long-term development projects in countries like Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone and Nepal.

“The project I’m working on is run by the development charity Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) and aims to improve access to healthcare and educate people about HIV and AIDS.”

Kieran was a member of Louth Old Boys squad that were victorious in the national UK football tournament hosted by the British Lions Club at Port Vale FC in 2005 at U15 level.

Kieran was formerly an accountant for Duncan and Toplis in Louth.

He added: “I’m truly shocked and in awe of the level of support shown by everyone but a target of £800 to raise by mid-January has been set by VSO, and I’m a third of the way there but I need a push.

“The £800 will go some way towards covering my living expenses, vaccinations and materials needed for the project itself.”

You can sponsor him by visiting his JustGiving page at