On a mission to help war-torn country

Tyrone and Angela Spence with children Oli, Natalie and Rose
Tyrone and Angela Spence with children Oli, Natalie and Rose

A Tilsworth family are hosting a musical soirée to raise funds for a region of Uganda devastated by civil war.

Tyrone Spence and his wife Angela will travel with their three children, Rosanna, Natalie and Oliver to the East African country in July to help build a new classroom at a school in Kumi.

Natalie, a 21-year-old musical theatre student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, is organising the event and Leighton Buzzard’s own Mark Joseph has agreed to perform as the headline act.

The singer has seen four of his singles hit the UK Top 40 since 2003, when he released his debut album Scream.

The Spence family are supporting a charity called Mission Direct and will fund their own travel and accommodation, directing all the money they raise to the people of Kumi.

At the time of writing, they had raised nearly £1,500.

Tyrone, 55, explained: “I sold my business less than a year ago and decided I wanted to do something a bit more significant.

“In Ugandan schools, the government usually provides one teacher per classroom and many of these classrooms will have 100-150 children at a time.

“If we build another classroom the government should send the school another teacher.”

The musical soirée will take place at 7.30pm on Saturday, April 19, at Eaton Bray Village Hall. Tickets cost £6. For more details email tyrone.spence@btinternet.com.