A DENTAL nurse from South Lakeland is hoping to put smiles on the faces of deprived children in north Africa.

Becky Whitwell, from Kendal, is jetting off to Morocco to help run portable oral health surgeries in schools, children’s homes and orphanages.

The 22-year-old will join a team providing oral health necessities to everyone they meet.

She expects to see at least 60 children a day on the charitable mission – but she needs to raise £1,300 to pay for the treatment she will help to deliver.

Becky, of Linnet Grove, is a former Queen Katherine School pupil who works at the Sandes Avenue dental practice.

She said: “Ever since I qualified have been looking to use my skills to help those less fortunate.”

She chose the trip with a charity called Dentaid and will fly to Casablanca and then El Jadida, a port city Becky said: “We'll be working with Operation Smile Morocco for a few days then will spend the rest if the trip in rural areas conducting dental outreach work.

“In order to do this I must raise £1,300, but with just £3 allowing us to take a tooth out that money will really stretch a long way.”

To help online, visit Becky’s donation page at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/beckywhitwell.

Her employers also have a collection box for anyone to donate in person.