Natalie Slatford Where would we be without the magic of play?

I've signed up to the Gorilla Trek with East African Playgrounds (who has built over 300 playgrounds) in order to help raise funds to build a playground in Uganda this summer. As a student myself, I value the importance of learning and teaching using creativity and games for Primary school education in particular. Playing is vital to the growth and development of young children as through the magic of play, children develop their physical, emotional, social and cognitive skills. They have also been proven to increase attendance at school, reduce antisocial behaviour as well as raise awareness and show the importance of having a childhood.

Imagine having a life without play. Imagine learning without games and interaction. Without a playground, without vital resources, teaching topics such as counting and budgeting is extremely difficult. Giving the gift of a playground has allowed teachers to use it as a learning resource through role playing and many other games which has lead to a deeper understanding of topics.

What a difference your donation makes
£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.

I would like to give the gift of play to the children in Uganda. Can you please help me by donating towards my fundraising? All donations make a difference.

I am aiming to raise £2200 and I am also aiming to fundraise for my flights, so any money that I raise above the £2,200 can be reimbursed by East African Playgrounds to me (upon request), up to the cost of my flight. You can find a breakdown of where the costs go here:
Natalie Slatford