Emily Henty Hi I'm Emily, and I have 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 (with anything above £2,000 helping me fly out there).

Play has an incredible benefit on a child's development and I believe every child should have this opportunity because it builds 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, which we all know is highly important. A playground is a classroom in disguise.

East African Playgrounds really help to empower some of the world's most disadvantaged children.

Your donation can make a massive difference. For example:
£5.11 gives one child access to a safe, fun and child-focused background
£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 to ear defenders of glasses
£131 teaches a community of care-givers and educators the importance of play and school, as well as how to maintain their playground
and £197.61 trains a former street child for a month, helping them to become a qualified builder or welder though out apprenticeship scheme.

This just shows the importance of this trip and I can't wait to spend three weeks in Uganda helping this cause, so if you can, please help by donating.

Love Emily x Emily Henty