Alfie Miskin I've signed up with the charity East African Playground to raise £2,500 to give children a better childhood through being able to play. Play has an incredible benefit on a child's development and I believe every child should have this opportunity because it builds physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills. It also gives them a space in which to make sense of the world and exercise freedom of thought.

East African Playgrounds build playgrounds across Uganda - including refugee camps - helping to empower some of the world's most disadvantaged children.

Just to give you some idea, this is what difference your donation could make:

£5.11 - gives one child their childhood back through access to a safe, fun and child-focused playground.
£21.83 - educates a teacher on the importance of including play in education and creates a peer network for them to share their learning in.
£73.80 - equips a former street child with everything they need to learn the basics of welding, from their own set of work botts through to ear defenders and glasses.
£131 - teaches a community of care-gievers and educators about the importance of play at home and school, as well as how to maintain their playground
£197.61 - trains a former street child for a month, helping them to become a qualified builder or welder through our apprenticeship scheme.

I will be joining a team of paid Ugandan professionals and other volunteers to help build this playground, please help me reach my fundraising target by giving whatever you can - any donation will make a difference. Of the £2,500 I raise, £300 will go to the Uganda Wildlife Authority to help the conservation efforts of the gorilla I will be visiting. £1,100 will go on costs such as travel (this includes my flights), accommodation and food, most of which will go to the non-project trek company, the Home of Edirisa, who support the communities we will trek through. The remaining £1,100 will go directly to East African Playground to fund their incredible work.

I am fundraising a little more to cover my flights so essentially any money raised over £2,000 will go towards that and can be reimbursed by East African Playgrounds to me (upon request), up to the cost of my flight.

Thank you for reading! Alfie Miskin