Francesca Northcott In June I will be participating in a 3-week volunteering project in Uganda building playgrounds for children and trekking through forests to locate silverback gorillas with the East African Playgrounds organisation.

I’ll be helping to develop a local community by transforming an empty playing field into a safe, fun and exciting playground for children. I will also be assisting on East African Playgrounds’ creative play programme to inspire school children to learn, explore and develop themselves.

By assisting Ugandan builders and welders, we will be enriching underprivileged children’s lives by providing playgrounds for them. East African Playgrounds has recently partnered with UNICEF, and are starting to build playgrounds in refugee camps too. What I particularly love about this charity is that it never replaces staff in Uganda with volunteers - we come along and help - and the money we fundraise helps to employ disadvantaged people and provide them with a job and a trade.

How could your donation have an impact?
£25 can provide a group of toy animals for the children to play on
£100 can fun a month-long educational play programme
£250 can provide the children with an amazing climbing frame

A proportion of my total fundraising target will also go towards the Ugandan Wildlife Authority to aid with the conservation of wild silverback gorillas.

Please help me make this amazing opportunity a reality by donating, thank you! Francesca Northcott