Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Company sees fruits of its fundraising efforts

11:00 09 July 2012

Helen Murphy, sales liaison at Applegate in Uganda.

Helen Murphy, sales liaison at Applegate in Uganda.

Archant

A team from the Barnstaple-based business visited Uganda to see the work of the charity it supports.

WORKERS from a company which has raised thousands of pounds for local charity Amigos visited Uganda to see the results of their fundraising efforts.

Two people from Barnstaple-based Applegate Business Directory travelled around rural Uganda and provided sales and marketing classes, as well as visiting some of children the company sponsors.

“Travelling around the villages, we met a few of the sponsored children in their homes,” said account manager Paul Harper.

“One particular little girl stuck with me; at eight years old, she walks three kilometres to school each day and when she gets home she helps her mum with the house.

“In Uganda this includes maintenance and re-building of mud hut homes which can collapse frequently.

“The last time this happened the pair carried the tin roof of the hut on their heads for over ten kilometres.

“On one side, it was heart breaking to hear their story, but on the other side incredibly motivational to see how we are supporting these situations.

“I’ve learnt that while the basics - food, clothing and shelter - are, of course, incredibly important, education, skills and encouragement are helping to create better futures for these people in Africa.”

The company has supported Amigos for six years and seeing the work of the charity on the ground was a real eye opener.

Helen Murphy, sales liaison at Applegate, described the trip as ‘inspirational’.

She said: “We were greeted like royalty with singing, drumming and loads of hugs.

“The students were an inspiration to us all; they really wanted to learn as much as they could.

“Material items such as clothes and shoes are the least of the worries for anyone we met; skills and encouragement are far more beneficial.”

David Garth, CEO of Applegate Directory, said: “As a successful West Country business in the privileged position to be able to help others we feel it is important to look at the bigger picture and provide support where we can.

“Amigos does vital work and we hope that our ongoing support enables Amigos to help many more families in the future.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

15 minutes ago
Keira Martin, aged nine from Locksbeam Farm, Torrington, with her organic Ayrshire, Golden Oblique Snowdrop. Picture: Andy Keeble

Order your tickets now for the North Devon Show on Wednesday, August 3

Read more
Yesterday, 23:10
Survivors Catherine Eason, Lilian Bailey, Joyce Shipman from Braunton, and Adrian Partridge from Minehead show their support. Picture: Andy Keeble

Hundreds take part in Relay for Life at rugby club

Read more
Yesterday, 11:30
Barnstaple Park and Ride service by Park School is ending

Bus passengers who used the Barnstaple Park and Ride are now being directed to a new bus stop.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:07
Teddy has plenty of affection to offer his new owner.

With Barnstaple and District Cats Protection

Read more
Yesterday, 08:07
Set yoru sighst to fly high at this year's Ilfracombe Birdman.

Don’t miss the free South West Birdman extravaganza next Saturday (July 30)

Read more
Fri, 22:30
Chulmleigh’s retiring town crier Eileen Dolling will be ringing in the start of Old Fair week with the town’s new crier Ben Farlam. Picture: Contributed

Traditional fair begins on Tuesday evening with queen crowning and money scramble

Read more
Fri, 17:41
Last year's Relay for Life raised £17,000 for Cancer Research UK. Picture: TidyEye PR

All welcome to join the battle against cancer and have a fund day out at the same time – Barnstaple Rugby Club from 12noon

Read more
Fri, 17:15
Coco would love a new home with lots of toys

With Dogs Trust Ilfracombe

Read more
Fri, 14:23
The new Bideford Aldi store opens on Thursday, July 28. Pictures: Sarah Howells

The first 100 people in the queue at the grand opening at Atlantic Park, Bideford next week could win a whole stash of prizes.

Read more
Fri, 14:05
Barnstaple Carnival committee chairman John White, carnival princes Skye Piper, carnival queen Liberty Sheldon, carnival princes Evie Rose-Wall, Mayor of Barnstaple Julie Hunt and prize sponsor David Hunt of McDonald’s. Picture: Contributed

Park pupil selected alongside carnival princesses Skye and Evie

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 15°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications