Katherine Stretch I've decided raise £2000 and go on this adventure with East African Playgrounds because they are an amazing charity that works to bring the gift of play into children's lives. I really believe that this will be such a worthwhile use of my summer and I can't wait to get started!

This summer, I will be heading to Uganda to trek to see some of the last silverback gorillas and to spend two weeks helping to build a playground. I believe that every child should have the freedom and opportunity to play because it forms such a vital part of childhood - research even shows that it helps to build important physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills! As well as building a playground, we will also be running play sessions for the children with the aim of inspiring them to explore and learn.

East African Playgrounds has already built more than 200 playgrounds and had an impact on the lives of 300,000+ children.

Every donation can make a difference!

£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 care-givers and educators about the importance of play at home and school, as well as how to maintain their playground.

As well as this, £300 of the money I raise will go to the Ugandan Wildlife Authority to help the conservation efforts of the gorillas I will be trekking to see and £600 will be spent on project costs (food, accommodation and travel).

Please donate whatever you can to help this amazing charity!

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