Plastic bags full of litter and discarded rubbish of all shapes and sizes are helping Ashover teenager Max Clarke fund a working trip to Malawi in central Africa.
Fifteen-year-old Max, who lives in Milltown, collected the material as part of a sponsored litter-pick around the village.
And in just under seven hours, he had amassed enough rubbish to fill eight large bags and had picked up car wheels, old tyres, bits of car bodywork, a prop shaft, two shoes and ‘an amazing number of bags containing dog poo’.
Max was accompanied on the clean-up operation by his mum, Cathie. “It’s amazing what people just dump at the roadside,” she said.
Max needs to raise almost £3,500 to pay for the World Challenge trip in July 2013 with fellow students from Lady Manners School in Bakewell.
While in Africa, they will help to construct a new building and water facility for a traditional Malawian school near the ancient city of Zomba where lessons are often conducted around a big tree. They will also teach English to local children.
The litter-pick is just one of a number of initiatives Max has planned to raise money for the trip. He is also willing to take on baby-sitting duties.
Sponsorship forms and collecting tins have been placed at the village Tuck Shop and Post Office for use by local supporters.
Anyone wishing to help Max with his appeal can send a donation to ‘Max Clarke’ at Greenfield Farm, Greenfield Lane, Milltown, Ashover, S45 0HT.