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Students build orphans' play area

A group of seven students from the University of the West of England (UWE) will spend their summer in Tanzania to build a playground for an orphanage.

The students have been fundraising to raise the £9,000 needed while studying for their final year exams.

The idea came from Oliver Goddard who had been to Tanzania in 2008 to climb Kilimanjaro for charity.

While there he visited the Light in Africa orphanage, met its founder Mama Lynn and decided he could help.

Building confidence

"At this stage we are planning a playground that will be divided into four areas, with play apparatus to appeal to toddlers, disabled children, young children and older children," said Mr Goddard.

"The playground will include monkey bars, swings, slides, a football goal, basketball nets, snakes and ladders and a stage to allow the children to perform and rebuild confidence."

The students are paying for their own flights and overheads so all the money raised will go towards the project.

The team includes students Helen Romans, Liam Kelly, Sam Fitzsimons and Kate McLelland, former students Lindsay Harris and James Cale, and Phoebe Brown and Karri Korpus.

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