Father and son return from ‘humbling’ trip

Jack and David Beadle.
Jack and David Beadle.

A father and son have returned from a “humbling” trip to Uganda, where they lent a helping hand at a vehicle workshop.

David Beadle and his son Jack travelled to Kagando Hospital in western Uganda, where they spent two weeks carrying out repairs to vehicles, some of which had been off the road for several years.

David said both of them enjoyed the trip and met new friends. He added: “It was an experience which we will not forget and one that we will continue to support.

“It was a humbling experience. We were staying within the hospital complex. We were amongst what was happening, HIV was a massive problem. The hospital had basic facilities compared to what we have over here. It was a real eye-opener.”

Kagando Hospital is a Church of Uganda project and aims to bring medical care to the large local population in a very rural part of the country. The hospital receives some financial support from a UK-based organisation but often does not have sufficient funding to carry out repairs to the vehicles which are needed for the hospital to carry out its work in the local community.

David and Jack assessed all the vehicles at the hospital, carried out urgent repair work to enable three vehicles to continue to be used and helped with the reorganisation of the workshop.

They also visited other local projects including a school run for orphaned and abandoned children. They were able to hand over a supply of children’s clothing, which had been very kindly donated by the Market Weighton Community Shop.

Jack, 18, said: “It has been a great experience. Uganda is an amazing country to visit, the scenery is wonderful, the people are very welcoming and friendly.”

David is proprietor of Beadle Motor Services, on Becklands Park Industrial Estate, off York Road, in Market Weighton.