The United Irvine Church of Scotland is helping the remote Kanyanda community in Malawi to build a badly-needed clinic.

And they will be holding a family fun day in Irvine's Fullarton Connexions next month to raise vital funds for the project.

The event will be held on Saturday, July 20, from 10am to 4pm.

The new clinic will help reduce deaths in childbirth and improve basic health and hygiene in Kandyanda.

The villagers have made more than 200,000 bricks and laboured on the clinic building, which is now up and weathertight although not completely finished inside.

The next two phases of the project are to provide clean water using a borehole, and providing staff accommodation.

The church has raised over £50,000 in the last two years to buy materials the locals can't afford, such as cement, steel and structural timber.

The Malawi health ministry use the building for their visiting clinic once a fortnight, but it will only become effective if staff are on site permanently, as Kanyanda is a difficult place to travel to and from anytime, and can be inaccessible during the rains.

The family fun day hopes to boost the funds so staff can be employed.

There will be lots on offer for kids and adults to enjoy and tickets are just £3 per child of £10 for four or more children.

The day's events will include bouncy castles, soft play, fun games, badminton for all ages, raffles, tombola, guess how many sweets in the jar, guess the name of the teddy, beat the goalie, hook the duck, face painting, tattoos, nail painting and VR head sets.

Adults can enjoy an Indian head massage and hand and arm massages.

Small businesses can have a table at the fun day for just £25.

Tickets for the fun day will be available after Sunday's service at 11.30am or you can call Donna on 07513870493 or Sonia on 07857441457.

For further information, please contact Ian Young by emailing