Mark Turner Where would we be without the magic of play, without the freedom to play with your friends?

During the summer, I am going to Uganda to support the East African Playgrounds Gorilla Trek to help raise funds and build a playground in an area where children have not had this opportunity that is so necessary for a child's welfare. East African Playgrounds has built over 300 playgrounds across Uganda in schools, community centres are refugee settlements. These playgrounds do not only provide a safe space which help to release powerful endorphins that benefit a child's mental health; they have also been proven to increase school attendance, reduce antisocial behaviour and improve aspirations of the children.

Alongside building playgrounds, East African Playgrounds also run educational play programmes which increase the use of play-based teaching, which, in turn, results in a deeper, more connected learning outcome. Additionally, EAP provides welding apprenticeship programmes for street connected young people, providing them with the skills, knowledge and experience to create a prosperous future for themselves.

What a difference your donation will make:
Just £5.11 can give one child 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 once in a lifetime opportunity, then head to this webpage https://www.eastafricanplaygrounds.org/gorillatrek2019 Mark Turner