Laura Burgess I've signed up to complete 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. I will be going to Uganda to trek through all terrains to find the last remaining Silverback Mountain Gorilla's as well as living and working within a local community to build a playground for a 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. Through building a playground, the developmental benefits of play will be provided to children currently without such facilities. Play has a range of benefits, including the improvement of social skills and communication, in addition to substantially enhancing employment prospects for a child's future. I believe that every child should have the opportunity to be open, imaginative and social in a safe environment, and although it is something that we may take for granted, it is something that can have a major implication for the development and empowerment of disadvantaged children.

I want to give this gift to the children of Uganda, and I would be grateful for any donations towards my fundraising.

The difference your donation makes:
£5.11 gives one child their childhood back through access to a safe, fun and child-focussed playground
£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 through to ear defenders and glasses
£131 teaches a community of caregivers and educators about the importance of play at home and school, as well as how to maintain their playground
£197.61 trains a former street child for a month, helping them to become a qualifies builder or welder through the apprenticeship scheme

Of the £2000 I raise, £300 will go to the Uganda Wildlife Authority to help the conservation efforts of the Gorilla's I will be visiting. £600 will go on project costs of food, accommodation, and travel, most of which will go to the non-profit trek company, the Home of Edirisa, who support the communities we will trek through. The remaining £1,100 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 (upon request), up to the cost of my flight.

*Please note if you are a relative of mine you cannot gift aid your donation, according to charity law.

Thank you so much for your support to enhance the childhoods of the children of Uganda. I will be putting in a lot of time and effort to fundraise for this worthy cause so all donations are greatly appreciated!

Laura xx
Laura Burgess