Charity devastated by death of staff member

Amigos Worldwide Director Phil Pugsley flies out to Uganda to deal with the death of a key staff member.

BARNSTAPLE charity Amigos has been devastated this week by the death of a key Ugandan staff member.

Robert Bayita, 38, the Director of Operations in Uganda, was rushed to hospital last week with the rare viral infection Guillain–Barr� syndrome, but sadly died on Saturday, January 8.

UK director of Amigos, Phil Pugsley, flew out to Uganda on January 9 to attend the funeral and to support Robert’s family and the staff.

Programme coordinator Ruth May said: “Robert was unique and replacing him will be impossible. With his mixture of skills and experience, combined with his incredible character, he really was gold dust.”

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She added: “Robert had an incredible commitment to see the lives of the rural poor of Uganda transformed and Amigos benefitted greatly from his wisdom and passion.”

Amigos wish to continue the legacy Robert left with the opening of the ‘Robert Bayita Memorial Fund’.

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The fund will support Robert’s wife and two young children, and will also be dedicated to continuing to bring hope to vulnerable young adults across Uganda.

For anyone interested in hearing about thr work the charity carries out in Uganda, Amigos will be hosting a presentation evening on Wednesday at the Park Hotel, Barnstaple, at 7pm.

For more information about the Robert Bayita Memorial Fund or to make a donation, contact Phil Pugsley on or visit the Amigos website.

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