Plan UK #GiveUpToGiveBack

When I was 4 years old I went on a family vacation to Gambia. I don’t remember much about that trip – there are a few snippets. I remember the heat, the smell of the fish markets was so strong that it caused my then 2-year-old sister to vomit. I remember chatting to the locals and a man called John, who used to climb the tree’s for my sister and I and bring us down fruit.

I also remember my parent taking out lots of stationary. My mother and my auntie took a trip to a local school and handed out all the supplies they had brought over. Pencils, pens, pads etc.

I’ve always known that although my upbringing wasn’t the best, we never went without. We (mostly) got what we wanted and had 2 vacations abroad each year.

I am now at the stage where I am trying to teach my children the value of things. How they shouldn’t take for granted the toys and gadgets that they have. That they have a roof over their heads. That their parents are able to provide plenty of food for them to eat and they are treated to days out etc.

I try as much as I can to teach them that there are children out there that are not as privileged as they are, both in this country and abroad.

Back in 2012, whilst watching a commercial, Kyla asked if we could sponsor a child – so I set one up for her.

Lately, I have been considering sponsoring another child so when Plan UK got in touch to tell me about their #GiveUpToGiveBack campaign I thought it was a great opportunity to get involved.


Plan work around the world in developing and third world countries to help improve the lives of the world’s poorest children. They do this through building hospitals and schools, installing fresh water supplies and much more, using money provided through child sponsorship.

This year Plan are hoping to increase the number of child sponsors through a campaign called Give Up to Give Back. They’re encouraging people to give up some of the small things in their lives that they could do without and re-invest the money they have saved in making a massive difference to a child’s life through child sponsorship. All it takes is £3.50 a week.

£3.50 a week is such a small amount. It’s a cup of luxury coffee at your favourite coffee shop,  magazine, that sneaky big bar of chocolate, or that cheeky glass of wine.

I asked the children what they would give up to enable us to give back to our sponsor child and they all agreed to give up their sweeties that they normally get on a Friday after school.

We do not yet know who our sponsor child is. I haven’t specified the country they are from, whether they be a boy or a girl, or their age range – but we are super excited to find out!

If you would like to #GiveUpToGiveBack and join Plan UK in their campaign and sponsor a child, just click {here} to visit the website and sign up.



1 Comment

  1. February 22, 2014 / 12:50 pm

    This is such a great idea, and what a brilliant infographic too. We started sponsoring a child through Action Aid 2 years ago as I wanted our 7 year old daughter to realise how lucky she is, it’s been such a good journey for her to realise how hard life can be for other children.