Edmund Dickens I've signed up to the Gorilla Trek with the charity, East African Playgrounds, to raise £2,000 to help bring the gift of play to the children of Uganda while at the same time helping to protect the world's last remaining Silverback Mountain Gorilla's.

I will be travelling to East Africa to trek to the Gorilla's, as well as living and working within a local community to build a playground for a school. This is important because a playground is a classroom in disguise - children don't know they are learning, they don't feel like they are learning, but really they are taking in the whole world whilst playing with their friends, which is crucial for their development.

East African Playgrounds have already built over 250 playgrounds, many of which are located in refugee settlements through a partnership with UNICEF. Each playground will benefit over 1500 children, and EAP maintain their relationship with each school so that they can return and make sure the playground is well maintained. EAP also work with local people by providing places on their apprenticeship scheme which helps disadvantaged people get back into work and hence supports the community as a whole.

Here are some examples of how your donation could help to enhance these children's lives:

£25 could provide a small herd of toy animals for the children to play on

£100 could fund a one-month educational play programme

£250 could give the children the best climbing frame they (or you) have ever seen!

A huge thank you to everyone who's donated, every little helps towards reaching my fundraising goal!

UPDATE 17 FEB '19: Now a good few months into my fundraising and the numbers are starting to build which is great! I've decided to run in the Falmouth half marathon on Sunday 17th March in aid of East African Playgrounds - I'm hoping to make this a really successful fundraiser so if you can sponsor me then please click the 'Donate Now' button on this page - thanks! Edmund Dickens