A former Wortham resident who established a charity to help Ugandan children fulfil their dreams of studying has praised the local community after the annual fundraising jumble sale generated their best total to date.
Emma Thornton, who set up the charity Wagobera following a gap year in Uganda where she spent four months teaching at a rural primary school in 2004, said the total of £1,110 raised at the beginning of the month was the equivalent cost of a three-year vocational college course, or a year’s university fees.
The money will go towards Christopher Wagobera’s fourth year university fees for his surgery and medicine degree Kampala International University.
The former Hartismere School student told the Diss Express: “It was our best sale yet, at one point the hall was absolutely packed with people.
“We had the first people starting to queue an hour before the doors even opened.
“This was the most we have ever raised. Last year we managed to raise £960 and thought it was going to be impossible to ever do better than that.
“I can’t tell you how grateful I am. Not just to everyone that came along, but to everyone who donated jumble and raffle prizes and to all our helpers on the day.
“It wouldn’t happen without their support.”
The charity, whose name was inspired by Christopher after his family could not afford to send him to secondary school, now supports a further ten students .
For more information on Wagobera, visit www.facebook.com/wagobera