A professional film-maker from Northam has reflected on his time in Uganda making a short film for Amigos’ Pedal out of Poverty Christmas appeal.

A videographer from Northam has reflected on his time in Uganda helping a North Devon charity launch its Christmas appeal.

Roy Riley helped Amigos Worldwide film its Christmas appeal, Pedal out of Poverty, which is asking supporters to help fund bicycles for young people in poverty.

Every £1 raised will be matched by Saleboards, and the bikes will help families collect clean water, and travel to schools, markets and clinics more easily.

Roy said: “I remember reading about Amigos in the Gazette and after a couple of meetings we decided to organise a trip to Uganda to make a series of short videos and a portfolio of photographs to showcase the important work Amigos is doing.”

Roy is supporting the charity’s Christmas appeal by creating a short film.

He said: “With reference to the bicycle appeal, I did not realise the huge impact a bike can have on a family in Uganda.

“The task of getting clean water can take many hours, as people walk mile after mile carrying one jerrycan of water.

“A bike means they can get loads more water and make the journey much faster.

Roy Riley spent some time photographing Agenes, one of the Kira Farm Development Centre graduates.Roy Riley spent some time photographing Agenes, one of the Kira Farm Development Centre graduates.

“This means they have more time and energy for all the other important things in life. Like getting to school, market or hospital.

“A bike may not seem like such a big deal but the impact on a Ugandan family is massive.

“We wanted to make a very short video to show the way that something as simple as a bike can have such a profoundly positive impact on someone’s life.”

During his time in Uganda, Roy also found out how the charity helps train young people in skills which will allow them to get themselves out of poverty, such as tailoring and carpentry.

Roy Riley filming in Uganda with the charity Amigos Worldwide.Roy Riley filming in Uganda with the charity Amigos Worldwide.

He said: “Amigos have been brilliant to work with. What they do in Uganda is utterly amazing.

“They are a small charity with limited resources but punch way above their weight and make massive changes in a very responsible and considered way.

“It’s great to think that from the heart of our little Devon town we can make a positive impact on a worldwide stage.

“There were so many stories of poverty and despair that have been turned into tales of hope and potential by the work Amigos is doing.”

Find out more about the Amigos Christmas appeal and how you can donate at http://www.amigos.org.uk/news-story/amigos-christmas-appeal-2017