A BIDEFORD lad is working long hours in his local supermarket in a bid to cross continents and help some of the world s most underprivileged children. Tony Bailey, 21, of Northam, will be flying out to Africa, on July 6 to carry out a month s voluntary wo

A BIDEFORD lad is working long hours in his local supermarket in a bid to cross continents and help some of the world's most underprivileged children.Tony Bailey, 21, of Northam, will be flying out to Africa, on July 6 to carry out a month's voluntary work in an orphanage in Ghana.He is funding the £2,500 trip through shifts at Morrisons and has bought his own flight, vaccinations and essential equipment such as mosquito nets, in preparation for the four-week stay in Accra.Tony, who admits he got the travel bug following a trip to Australia two years ago, said that he hoped the experience would enable him to give something back."I've done a fair bit of travelling before but never experienced anything like this," he said."I've thought about working with disadvantaged children in the future and hope that the voluntary work with African orphans might be good preparation for any future career in that area."Tony, who turns 22 during the trip, will be staying with a Ghanaian family and working in the orphanage from Monday to Friday.Mum Janet said she was proud of her son: "It's nice to see someone of that age group do something like that," she told the Gazette.Although he has limited space in his backpack, Tony will be taking out pens, paper and other equipment to give to children in Ghana.If any readers would like to offer him any other items he can hand out in the orphanage, or would like to share their own experiences of a similar trip, they can contact him through the North Devon Gazette on (01271) 341629.