Beth Lanham This summer, i'm taking part in the Gorilla Trek with the charity East African Playgrounds, fundraising £2,000 to give children their childhood through play. UNICEF have said that one of the Rights of the Child is the right to play: play has an incredible benefit on a child's development, building physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills. The spaces East African Playgrounds build gives Ugandan children a space in which to make sense of the world and exercise freedom of thought. As well as playgrounds in Uganda, East African Playground builds playgrounds in refugee camps, helping some of the world's most disadvantaged children relax and develop through play.

During the three weeks I'm in Uganda, I will be trekking through mountains, lakes and jungles before volunteering for a week on a playground build myself. Every penny donated will go to a non-profit focussed on developing East Africa. £300 will go to the Ugandan Wildlife Authority to help the conservation efforts of the gorilla's I will be visiting. £600 will go on project costs of food, accommodation and travel, most of which will go to the non-profit trek company, the Home of Edirisa, who support the communities we will trek through. The remaining £1,100 will go direct to East African Playgrounds to fund their incredible work.

Examples of what you can fund with a donation are...

£10 - builds a toy giraffe for the children of a community to play with

£15 - builds a toy motorbike out of tires, allowing kids to engage their creativity in roleplay scenarios

£20 - funds safety equipment for a disadvantaged young adult, helping them to be safe as they start their employment with East African Playgrounds

£50 - builds a table with a space for board games such as checkers or snakes and ladders!

I'll be baking a cupcake for anyone that donates over £5, AND you can pick a song for my running playlist if you donate in the run up to my Half Marathon!

Please donate anything you can!

Lots of love, Beth x Beth Lanham