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 helping to build physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills, whilst giving them the space in which 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 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 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 the 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 communities we trek through), and the remaining £1100 will go direct to East African Playgrounds to fund their incredible work.

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