An African king has accepted an invitation to become the royal patron of a North-east church.
His Majesty The Omukama of Bunyoro-Kitara, the king of a Ugandan region, accepted the post to be the patron, as well as the protector, of Saint Luke’s Church in Cuminestown.
Bunyoro-Kitara is one of the poorest regions in the east African country with the average person earning just under £200 a per year.
Mark Lindley-Highfield, secretary of the church, is trying to increase awareness of the region in Uganda in an attempt to raise more money for people there.
He came across the plight of the people in an anthropology journal and investigated more.
Mark said: “After finding out about the people in Bunyoro-Kitara I got in touch with the King’s representative in Europe, who works in Germany.
“To try to raise the profile of Bunyoro-Kitara we decided to invite the King to be the royal patron of the church.
“By having the King as the patron we hope more people will take more notice of the issues that some of the people have.
“I have been fundraising on a personal level for the people in Uganda.”
Mark was knighted by the King earlier this year for charitable work he does to help the Banyoro people.
He said: “It is really satisfying to know that every time you donate £200 you are keeping someone going for a year.”
Although the Aberdeenshire church has worries of its own with the upkeep of the building, it is hoping to donate some of the congregation’s money to the less well off people in Uganda.
Mark said: “We can’t guarantee any money at the moment but I am sure by the end of the year we will have some leftover cash we can donate.”
The King has said in the past he is fond of Scotland after being educated in the UK.
Mark said: “It would be really good at some point to have the King come to the church to see what he is involved in, however he has important duties to fulfil in Uganda.”
To donate visit www.bunyoro-kitara.uk