LOUISE LORD I have signed up to take on the Gorilla Trek with the Charity East African Playgrounds in order to raise £2000, which will help give children their childhood through play. Play is an important part in a child's life in terms of social, physical, emotional and cognitive development whilst also allowing them to make sense of the world through exercise and having fun.

East African Playgrounds is a non-profit charity which was originally set up in 2009 by Students at Leeds, which builds playgrounds all over Uganda. East African Playgrounds helps some of the most deprived areas like refugee camps, so some of the most disadvantaged children can have access to play and become empowered. In Uganda, there is a lack of opportunities for young adults to gain training and employment. So the charity goes on to train and employ young adults in the community so then the work can continue when volunteers aren’t present.

My time in Uganda will involve trekking, leading creative play sessions with the children and volunteering to build a playground.

Examples of what you can fund with a donation are:
£10- builds a toy giraffe for the children in the community to play with.
£15- builds a motorbike out of tires which allows children to engage their creativity in role play.
£20- funds safety equipment for a disadvantaged young adult, helping them to be safe in their employment with East African Playgrounds.
£50- builds a table with space for board games such as snakes and ladders.

Of the £2000 I raise, £1,100 will go to East African Playgrounds for their incredible work, £300 will go to the Ugandan Wildlife Authority to help the conservation efforts of the Gorillas I will be visiting and the remaining money will go to the non-profit trek company The Home of Edirisa, who support the communities we will trek through.

Please donate anything you can, it will be greatly appreciated.