Harry Lechmere Hi Hi, thanks for taking the time to have a look at my page.

Yes, I will be running a half marathon, and yes my father will be running it with me......! I am running this half marathon not only to raise awareness but also to raise money. If that wasn't enough I have also signed up to East African Playgrounds Gorilla Trek to help raise funds and build a playground in Uganda this summer.

East African Playgrounds has built over 300 playgrounds across Uganda in schools, community centres are refugee settlements. These playgrounds are not only a vital space to have fun, make friends and play together but also they have proven to increase school attendance and enrolment, reduced antisocial behaviour and increase the perceived importance of children having their childhoods.

Alongside building playgrounds East African Playgrounds also run educational play programmes which increase the use of play-based teaching, resulted in deeper more connected learning outcomes. And as part of the construction of the playgrounds EAP provides a welding apprenticeship programmes for street connected young people, providing them with the skills, knowledges and experiences to create a prosperous future for themselves.

Every little helps, and I need all the encouragement in the world to drag my dad around a half marathon, so please donate and make a difference:

£5.11 can give one child their childhood back through access to a safe, fun and child-focussed playground.

£21.83 can educate a teacher on the importance of including play in education and creates a peer network for them to share their learning in.

£73.80 can equip a street connected young person with everything they need to learn the basics of welding, from their own set of work boots through to ear defenders and glasses.

£131 can teach a community of caregivers and educators about the importance of play at home and school, as well as how to maintain their playground.

£197.61 can train a street connected young person for a month to become a qualified builder or welder through our apprenticeship scheme.

If you would like to find out more about my Gorilla Trek (and maybe sign up to join me) then head to this webpage https://www.eastafricanplaygrounds.org/gorillatrek2019 Harry Lechmere