Charity ball will help Ugandan school children

TWO sisters dedicated to improving the lives of children at a Ugandan school have organised a charity ball.

Gemma Leigh, 21, of Scarlin Road, Bury St Edmunds, spent part of a gap year in Uganda. While there, she visited a school in Nakabango and was shocked by its lack of resources.

She said: “It consisted of a few huts made from wood and mud. There were 200 children, five tattered old books and only the wealthiest children could afford paper and a pencil. I knew that I had to do something to help.”

Since 2009, Gemma and her sister Amy have raised £15,000 for the Valley View Primary school, which has provided brick buildings that do not flood and access to clean drinking water.

They hope the ball, at Ickworth’s West Wing on April 16, will raise money for three more buildings. Tickets cost £45 and include arrival drinks, a live pianist during dinner and a disco. Call 07944 611776 or email: a-leigh@live.co.uk