A Harpenden charity, dedicated to supporting poor communities in Uganda, has raised more than £11,000 at a fundraising ball.

Spotlight held the annual Spotlight Ball held at Brocket Hall on Saturday, November 23 to mark a rewarding year for the charity.

Hefin Rees QC, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, said: "This year has been particularly rewarding for the charity as we have achieved much more working with our supporting team in Uganda than our original goal to construct the primary school in Musoto.

"Our second primary school in Wampeyo was opened in February and we are now forging ahead with plans to open a much needed Secondary School in a very poor slum called Namatala. We have bought 6 acres of land and are hoping to start building next year if funding becomes available."

The charity is run by volunteers from the St Albans District, many of whom have been out to Uganda. To date, the charity has built two schools for almost 1,000 children, drilled eight bore holes, trained over 250 community health workers to offer health care advice to over 1,500 families and improved the lives of over 50 widows and orphans through its goat farming project.

Since a borehole was drilled to supply clean water, there have been no cases of cholera in one of the communities the project has been working with.

The goat farming scheme has raised income for widows and orphans with over 120 baby goats born from 50 nanny goats.