An elderly man, who is nearly in his 90s, is set to go on a charity trip to Kenya to help build accommodation for girls who are forced to flee their families.
88-year-old Bill Lavery, of Linden Court, has been involved with christian organisation Mission Direct for the last five years.
He will be joining a team of ten people who will be going out to Kenya on March 30 for two weeks to build accommodation for women to escape their families who are being forced into marriage.
And he is appealing for people to help him raise the money to get over there by offering to do odd jobs.
Bill said: “These poor girls are being forced to become someone’s third or fourth wife from as young as 11 years old. Some of them have to get away from their families, so we are building a somewhere for them to go.
“I’m really looking forward to going, but I need to raise the money so I am offering to do any building work or odd jobs for people to help me raise the money.”
He added: “Its funny because 70 years ago I was out fighting in Burma in the war, and it feels like 70 years later I’m going out to fight on another misison.”
Bill has been involved with Mission Direct for a number of years after the charity appealed for volunteers through the Park Road Methodist Church, which Bill is a member of.
Founder and chief executive of the charity Nigel Hyde said: “It’s lovely to see him at work. Not only is he doing all this off his volition, he is also busy doing DIY jobs for people to help him raise the money.
“It just proves that anyone can do it, you don’t have to be a plasterer or builder, all you need is a willingness to help people.”
If you have any jobs for Bill you can call him on 01234 266359.
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