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Ilfracombe family remembered with Ugandan borehole

PUBLISHED: 12:56 23 March 2016 | UPDATED: 12:56 23 March 2016

Russell Perryman and Phil Pugsley at the newly-installed borehole.

Russell Perryman and Phil Pugsley at the newly-installed borehole.


Borehole in memory of the Perryman family, from Ilfracombe, provides drinking water to 2,000 people in Uganda.

The family of a well-known Ilfracombe woman has constructed a borehole in Uganda in her memory.

Christine Pugsley (born Perryman) died age 90 in 2014, and her children wanted to do something in memory of her and the whole Perryman family.

Christine and her husband Verdum owned Pugsley’s Stores in Ilfracombe, and her father, William Perryman, owned Mullacott Farm.

Together, the Perrymans donated £4,500, via Barnstaple charity Amigos, to construct the borehole in the Orom district of northern Uganda.

Today the borehole is providing clean water to 2,000 people.

Phil Pugsley, Christine’s son and CEO of Amigos, said: “We’re so pleased there is a lasting memorial to the Perryman’s kindness and generosity to others.”

Ruth Lyes, Phil’s sister, added: “I think mum would be thrilled that so many people can now enjoy healthy lives and take pleasure from something as simple as clean water.”

Phil recently travelled to Uganda with his cousin, Russell Perryman to visit the borehole.

Amigos has installed five boreholes and two shallow wells in Uganda – helping 12,000 people access clean water.

If you are interested in donating a borehole, contact Amigos on 01271 377664.

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