Fund-raiser for Ashley’s return trip

Ashley McKean, who will be returning to Malawi this summer.

Ashley McKean, who will be returning to Malawi this summer.

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Forfar woman Ashley McKean has organised her latest fund-raiser in her continuing commitment to supporting communities in Africa.

Ashley visited Malawi in April last year with the charity Love Support Unite Africa Foundation where she set up two local woman with microloans to allow them to establish their own sewing and shoemaking business.

This meant they could earn their own income and support the foster home they run.

The charity also organises outreach projects such as malaria testing and school-building and Ashley worked with a young boy with a hearing impairment, focusing on his communication skills and introducing Makaton, a form of sign language.

Ashley is employed by Angus Council as a Support for Learning Assistant and aims to use the skills and experience learned through her for her next visit this summer.

She also hopes to restore a small school, giving local builders a wage, and to advise teachers how to identify and support children with additional needs.

The school also requires resources which Ashley aims to collect before her visit so she can take them to Malawi with her.

Her next fund-raiser will be a race night held at The Plough in Forfar this Friday (February 20) at 7.30 p.m. Entry is by donation only and there will be a raffle drawn on the night.

Local businesses have come together to support the event by either sponsoring a race or donating a raffle prize. Blondies, Chapter and Verse, Angela Bell Photography, North Street Chip Shop, VV’s Boutique, Bella Chique, Club One, The Caledonian Bar, Amy-Lou Designs, The Old Reid Park Bar, PINK, Jo-Po Photography and of course The Plough as the host have shown their support Ashley has extended her thanks to all.