A LARGS Boys' Brigade captain is heading to Malawi this summer to help set up and provide training to companies in the country.

David Hannah will travel to three or four different areas in Malawi for two weeks in July to train new BB officers and develop new companies.

He is aiming to raise around £1,000 to make sure the trip goes ahead, with the company running a Smartie appeal, where every boy in the organisation has been tasked with filling a Smarties tub full of 20p’s.

Both Clark Memorial Church and St John’s Church are supporting the fundraising effort through upcoming coffee mornings.

David has been a member of the 1st Largs company for over 20 years, joining as a boy before becoming one of the staff in 2010, then taking on the role of captain last year.

He said: “Every young person whether it be in Scotland or Malawi should have the opportunity to take part in an organisation which is child-centred, which looks to share and promote the gospel's values and allows young people to flourish in a caring and nurturing environment.

“I have the fantastic opportunity of developing an organisation which is very close to my heart.

“This is certainly a chance to take part in what I am sure will be a life changing experience.”

Boys' Brigade Scotland run the World Mission Appeal in partnership with the Church of Scotland to develop companies across the world.

David added: “I am sure that the boys, staff and associated church congregations will be interested in hearing of my adventures when I return.

“I hope I will be able to bring some contact details back from the companies in Malawi and establish a form of communication between our company in Largs and theirs.

“My thanks to all the boys, staff, chaplains, parents and friends of 1st Largs for supporting me in this venture.”

Anyone wishing to donate to the fundraising appeal can call 07867958022 or email 1largs@boys-brigade.org.uk.