Izzy Grint I've signed up to take on the Gorilla Trek with the charity East African Playgrounds to raise £2,000 to give children their childhood through play. Play has an incredible benefit on a child's development; I believe every child should have this opportunity as it builds physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills, whilst giving them the space in which to make sense of the world and exercise freedom of thought. East African Playgrounds build playgrounds all over Uganda - including in refugee camps - helping to empower some of the world's most disadvantaged children.

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

To raise this money, I will be spending three weeks in Uganda - taking on every kind of terrain the world can offer (mountains, lakes and jungles) before volunteering on a playground build myself. Every penny donated will go to a non-profit focussed on developing East Africa.

Of the £2,000 I raise, £300 will go to the Ugandan Wildlife Authority to help the conservation efforts of the gorillas 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, and the remaining £1,000 will go direct to East African Playgrounds to fund their incredible work.

Please donate anything you can, and help give children their childhoods. Izzy Grint