Harvey McIntosh I've signed up to the Gorilla Trek with the charity, East African Playgrounds to raise £1,000 to help bring the gift of play to the children of Uganda. As well as getting to experience some of Africa's finest offerings, I will be living and working in a local rural community to help build playground for the school.

A playground is a classroom in disguise. Children don't know they are learning, they don't feel like they are learning, but really they are taking in the whole world whilst playing with their friends. In the UK, we are fortunate enough to have access to play facilities of all kinds, with many people lucky enough to have something right in their own back yard. However, in Uganda a normal playing space looks is a muddy field with nothing in the form of stimulation. It is important that children are provided with the materials and tools to engage in play behaviour so that they can develop the interpersonal skills important for future life.

Some people believe that work of this kind can be damaging to a community. However, I want to assure you that East African Playgrounds are an ethical charity who ensure that only beneficial work is completed, and that money raised is invested into local communities is the best way possible. For example, East African Playgrounds currently empty 50 members of local Ugandan staff who work with student volunteers to build their playgrounds. A breakdown of where the costs go can be found at https://www.eastafricanplaygrounds.org/gorilla-trek-details.

Over the past few years I have taken on several fundraising challenges and raised over £4500 for charities here in the UK. With your help, I am hoping to improve upon that total by giving to this different, but equally as important cause! :) Harvey McIntosh