Katie Packard I've signed up to take on the Gorilla Trek with the charity East African Playgrounds to raise £2000 to give disadvantaged children their childhood through play. Play has an incredible benefit on a child's development by building physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills, whilst giving them the space to 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 a community to play with

£15 - builds a motorbike out of tires, 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'll 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 organisation focused on developing East Africa.

Of the £2000 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 local communities we will trek through), and the remaining £1100 will go directly to East African Playgrounds to fund their incredible and ethical work.

Any donations will be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
Katie Packard