Alice Hayden I've signed up with the charity East African Playgrounds to raise £2000 to give children a better childhood through play. Play has an incredible benefit on a child's development and helps to build physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills. It also gives them the opportunity to make sense of the world and exercise freedom of thought.

East African Playgrounds build playgrounds across Uganda -including refugee camps- helping empower some of the world's most disadvantaged children.

I will spend 3 weeks in Uganda, taking on every kind of terrain the world offers (mountain, lakes and jungles) before joining a team of paid Ugandan professionals and other volunteers to help build a playground.

Of the £2000 I raise, £300 will go to the Uganda Wildlife Authority to help with the conservation efforts of the gorillas we will be visiting. £600 will go on project costs of food, accommodation and travel, most of which will go to the non-project trek company, the Home of Edirisa, who support the communities we will trek through. The remaining £1100 will go directly to East African Playgrounds to fund their incredible work. I am also fundraising for my flights, so any money that I raise above the £2000 can be reimbursed by East African Playgrounds to me, up to the cost of my flight. Please not if you are a relative of mine, you cannot Gift Aid your donation, according to charity law.

Please help me reach my fundraising target by giving whatever you can - any donation will make a difference! Thank you :) Alice Hayden