Team visit to Uganda

Caring students from Edge Hill University are getting ready to share their passion for sport and make a difference to young people’s lives on a trip of a lifetime to Uganda.

On  April 7 2014, Carly Brown, Jessica Leigh, Hayley Perks, Claudia Rigsby and Jodie Talbot, who are all Physical Education and School Sport students, are heading off to the village of Masaka to work with young people supported by the Molly and Paul Childcare Foundation, which provides education and care for underprivileged children in Uganda.

The students will be running PE and English lessons in schools, as well as spending time in the charity’s medical clinic, children’s homes and farm school. They will be primarily working with members of the Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir, a talented group of youngsters selected from the charity’s schools, who have performed several times at the University’s Arts Centre and have strong links to the University.

With each team member pledging to raise £1,000 ahead of the trip, the girls are busy organising a range of fundraising activities, from packing bags in supermarkets to hosting charity curry nights.

Jessica Leigh said: “We want to raise money before we go so that, if we see something that needs fixing, or a home without a mattress or a mosquito net, we have the funds to help immediately.

“We are very fortunate to have some great local support. Cleaning product manufacturer, Minky, based in Rochdale, has sponsored the trip, and Premier Sports and Tesco in Ormskirk have kindly donated clothing.

“We’re all very excited about going out there. It will be good to put some of the things we’ve learned on our course into practice in a completely different context – and we’re looking forward to bringing ideas for sports and games back from Africa to share with the children we work with in the UK.”

Angela Hepworth, Senior Lecturer in Personal & Professional Development, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the students to go to a developing country and make a difference to the lives of young children, teaching them and involving them in sport.

“We hope they will impress our colleagues at the Paul and Molly Childcare Foundation, and be the first of many Edge Hill student groups to have this wonderful experience in Uganda.”

The trip is being organised by Becs Brocken, Edge Hill Student Union’s Marketing Officer, who will also support the students while they are in Uganda. Becs has been a volunteer with the Children’s Choir for the past five years and is a Trustee of the UK charity Pearl of Africa Childcare.

“We’re asking people to donate £3,” said Becs. “It’s only a small amount but it would provide a child in Uganda with a cup of porridge every school day for a year.”

If you would like to make a donation, please text THKS80 £3 to 70070 or visit the students’ fundraising page at: justgiving.com/foodforayear. All money raised through this page will go directly to help children in Uganda.

The girls are also after old football shirts (any team, adult or child) as these are always much appreciated by the children and staff in the Children’s Village. Please drop these in at the Students’ Union or with Angela Hepworth in the Sports Department.