Hannah James-Synnott I've signed up with the charity East African Playgrounds to raise £2,000 to help me build a playground for a school in Uganda.

This is an amazing experience. The three week trip will begin with a five day trek to see the last wild Silverback Mountain Gorillas in the wild. I will then be spending a week living in the community and building a playground for a selected local school. These playgrounds last for years and years and will benefit many many children. The playgrounds are made of renewable and recycled materials to be as environmentally friendly as possible. The charity also employ local people with no qualifications and train them up and employ them, giving them an income to support their families!

Playgrounds are a thing we take for granted in this country. Schools and parks have them plentifully. In Uganda, many children have to make do with an empty field.

A space for children to play is essential. Children primarily learn through play and it helps their physical and mental development. Having a space to play gives them the opportunity to learn life skills such as communication, coordination and cooperation skills. The amount of play time a child recieves in childhood correlates with how successful they are in adulthood.

To help me achieve this you can contribute towards my fundraising. Even a little will help!

A breakdown of where the costs go can be found at https://www.eastafricanplaygrounds.org/gorilla-trek-details Hannah James-Synnott