Civvie Man This year, I've signed up with the charity East African Playgrounds to raise £2,000 to give children their childhood through play. Play has an incredible benefit on a child's development by building and strengthening 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.

If there's one thing that children from all around the world understand - no matter what their cultural background is, or the language that they speak - it's play.

The importance of play is illustrated everywhere. Go past a play area and there will always be a child running around and having fun there. It's a simple yet incredibly important experience that every child should have, which is why I have chosen to volunteer with East African Playgrounds.

East African Playgrounds is a non-profit organisation that builds play areas across Uganda - including refugee camps - helping to empower some of the world's most disadvantaged children.

The difference your donation makes:

£5.11 gives one child their childhood back through access to a safe, fun and child-focussed 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 boots through to ear defenders and glasses.

£131 teaches a community of care-givers 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.

Donor will have their name printed on my East African Playground t-shirt which I will be wearing in Uganda, as a thank you and acknowledgement for their support.

This Summer I will be joining a team of paid Ugandan professionals and other volunteers to help build a playground in Uganda and run creative play sessions for a local school. I would be incredibly grateful if you would help me reach my fundraising target by giving whatever you can - any donation will make a difference.

I will be spending 3 weeks in Uganda volunteering in the local community. Of the £2,000 I raise, £300 will go to the Uganda Wildlife Authority to help the conservation efforts of the Silverback gorillas. £600 will go on project costs of food, accommodation and travel, most of which will go to 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 Playgrounds to fund their incredible work.

*Please note, if you are a relative of mine you cannot gift aid your donation, according to charity law.

Donations of any size are welcome.

Thanks for your support! Civvie Man