JONATHAN Scott faces a race against time to raise sufficient funds to help pay for a trip of a lifetime to North Africa.

The 20-year-old Stourbridge student from Brook Street has registered to take part in Operation Sahara - a charity challenge for Childreach International.

During the trip, Jonathan will visit a school where the charity is working to try and improve children's welfare.

He also plans to climb the highest mountain in North Africa while he's there.

Although the expedition doesn't take place until the start of September, Jonathan is required to raise a total of £1,450 before July 11 to enable him to take part.

He said: "This is something I've always wanted to do and help with. It's an amazing operation and it would be great to see the effect the money raised is having."

Jonathan, the son of Rev Stuart Scott (minister of St John's United Reform Church in Stourbridge), added: "I've approached family and friends to the point where I've managed to raise £885 so far, but it's got to the point where I've now exhausted that avenue.

"I've got some fundraisers coming up which includes making and selling cakes and I shall also be selling books at Stourbridge Carnival.

"However, the money from those events won't come in until after the deadline and it's got to the point where I need a bit of help now."

Jonathan has set up an online giving page where he is hoping to raise further sponsorship at