Laura Unsworth I have signed up with the charity East African Playground to raise £2,000 to give children their childhood through play. Play has an incredible benefit on a child's development as it builds physical, social & cognitive skills and it gives them a space in which they can make sense of the world & exercise freedom of thought.

East Africa Playground builds playgrounds all across Uganda in schools, hospitals and even refugee camps, helping to empower some of the world's most disadvantaged children. Each playground built will benefit over 1,500 children in its lifetime.

What a 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 become a qualified builder or welder through our apprenticeship scheme.

This summer I will be joining a team of paid Ugandan professionals and other volunteers to help build a playground in rural Uganda. Please help me reach my fundraising target by giving whatever you can. Any donation will make a difference.

I will spend 3 weeks in Uganda, taking on every kind of terrain the world offers (mountain, lakes and jungles) whilst trekking to the endangered silverback gorillas, before volunteering on the playground build. Of the £2,000 I raise, £300 will go to the Ugandan Wildlife Authority to help the conservation efforts of the silverback gorillas. £600 will go on project costs of food, accommodation & travel, most of which will go to the non-project 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.

Please donate what you can to give children in Uganda their childhoods.

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