Ellen Monaghan In June 2018 I travelled to Uganda to take part in the FXU RAD Gorilla Trek! I trekked to visit some of the last remaining wild mountain gorillas in their natural habitat and learnt about the conservation work that is being carried out to protect them, but best of all I, alongside my university team of volunteers, built a playground for the children of a Ugandan community. A portion of the money I raise will be donated to the Ugandan Wildlife Authority to aid in the conservation of the endangered mountain gorillas, but most will go to East African Playgrounds (EAP) to aid the fantastic work that they do in Uganda, allowing children to develop their learning through play.

Having experienced first-hand the AMAZING response from the community in the Jinja region of Uganda where I stayed in June, I am delighted to be returning to Uganda next summer, this time leading my own team from university. I will be building ANOTHER playground in a different community, and as you read this they will already be excitedly planning and preparing for our arrival next summer- the children will wait all year for our arrival, until we finally arrive and turn their empty playing field into a safe, colourful playground!

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.

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!

Please kindly share or make a donation to my page, to aid a brilliant cause and help me leave a sustainable impact upon another community! Ellen Monaghan