A SCHOOLGIRL will be heading off to Tanzania this summer to join a team building a bridge, a school and a medical centre.

Emily Pascoe, 14, from Chawton, will be part of a team of Explorers and Scouts from Hampshire and Surrey who will also be building a skills workshop, a doctors’ accommodation block, and a national campsite for Scouts.

The Scout team from England will be working alongside Tanzanian Scouts to create a site for a jamboree celebrating 100 years of Scouting in Tanzania.

Emily spoke to Four Marks and Medstead Rotary about her plans, which include building a self-supporting ‘da Vinci’ bridge, digging a water supply trench and new toilets and showers.

She has to raise £3,500 to take part in the expedition.

“I have done a number of fundraising activities, including cleaning cars, gardening and a sponsored hundred-mile cycle ride,” she said.

Emily has now raised £2,700 toward her target.

Rotary youth officer Lisa Hillan said: “We in Rotary are delighted to support such an enterprising young person. Emily has promised to return to our club in the autumn to tell us how she got on in Africa.”

To donate to Emily’s cause, visit mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/emilypascoeexp.