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20160122- Forfar Roof Truss Cheque'Brett Hampton from the Forfar Roof Truss Company pictured handing over this month's local charity cheque to Kirriemuir's Jack Steel who will be spending a year as a volunteer teacher in Ghana in West Africa with the Project Trust. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES''No use without payment.

20160122- Forfar Roof Truss Cheque'Brett Hampton from the Forfar Roof Truss Company pictured handing over this month's local charity cheque to Kirriemuir's Jack Steel who will be spending a year as a volunteer teacher in Ghana in West Africa with the Project Trust. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES''No use without payment.

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A sixth year pupil at Webster’s High School in Kirriemuir is to realise his dream of volunteering abroad, thanks to a local company.

Jack Steel was named the latest recipient of the Forfar Roof Truss £250 Sponsorship cheque which will be used to help him meet his £6200 target.

Jack took time out from his study leave to collect the cheque on Friday, saying: “I have always dreamt of taking a year out after school and volunteering abroad during that year, so I applied for a year with Project Trust.

“After an exciting week on the Isle of Coll for the selection course I was ecstatic to find out that I had been chosen to spend a year in Ghana.

“I will be teaching in a secondary school as well as organising extra-curricular activities for the children.

“In order to volunteer abroad with Project Trust and take part in this once in a lifetime experience I need to raise £6200.

“I am confident that I will reach this goal and plan to hold many events in my local area over the coming year, such as a fundraising ceilidh and running a sponsored half marathon.”

Jack is currently studying for Advanced Highers in physics and maths and Highers in computer science and English.

In his free time he enjoys taking part in many outdoor sports including mountain biking and climbing.

He is also volunteer with the local Beaver Scout colony once a week and editor of the school’s newspaper as well helping to organise the school’s science club.

The Project Trust is an educational charity which sends school leavers to work voluntarily in over 20 countries. Its aim is to provide the volunteer with an educational experience through living and working with people in communities without taking work from local people.

The monthly Forfar Roof Truss sponsorship cheque is made in conjunction with the Forfar Dispatch and Kirriemuir Herald for projects in the Forfar and Kirriemuir areas.

Please apply in writing to Forfar Roof Truss Company Sponsorship Project, c/o Angus County Press Limited, 117-119 Castle Street, Forfar, DD8 3AH, by the last day of any given month. Accompanying your application should be details (no more than 300 words), providing relevant background information on you or the organisation you represent and how the £250 could be used. Please include a contact number. Repeat applications will be accepted, although successful applicants will not be re-considered during the remainder of the year.