Mission to help Kenyan orphans

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A JOINER from Hucknall is packing up some basic tools and heading out to Kenya to help build a lifeline day-centre for destitute orphans.

RICHARD CHANNER (42), pictured, of Merlin Drive, will be joined by three other tradesmen to work in searing temperatures in Mumias in the west of the country.

He has been enlisted by the charity, the Nasio Trust, which creates centres for AIDS orphans, HIV-vulnerable youngsters and homeless kids.

Richard will fly out to Kenya on Thursday March 22 for an eight-day stay.

“We all watch these things on the TV with the superstars who go abroad for Comic Relief and Sport Relief,” he said. “I always chuck a few quid in but to go out there and do something myself is something I never expected would happen.

“In that way, I am really looking forward to it. But I am obviously a bit apprehensive about it because I am out of my comfort zone.”

Richard will not be able to take power tools with him because of a weight limit on his baggage.

In Kenya, he will be responsible for helping to renovate a building, including building a roof for toilet and shower blocks. He is being joined by a plumber, tiler and electrician.

Richard is leaving behind his wife, Rachel, daughters Laura (19) and Lucy (17) and stepson Alex (20).

He has funded half the cost of the flights, while the Nasio Trust will foot the bill for accommodation, transfers and food. Anyone who wants to support Richard should ring him on 077717 25646 — DISPIC NHUD12-0433-1.