Lucy Thomas I've 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 and I believe every child should have this opportunity because it builds physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills. it also gives them a space in which to make sense of the world and exercise freedom of thought.
East African Playgrounds builds playgrounds across Uganda - including refugee camps - helping to empower some of the worlds most disadvantaged children.

'What a difference your donation makes...'
£5.11 gives one child their childhood back through access to safe, fun and child-focused play.

£21.83 educated 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 teachers a community of care-givers and educators about the importance of play at home and school.

£197.61 trains a former street child for a month, helping them to become a qualified builder to 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 Uganda. Please help me reach my fundraising target by giving whatever you can. Any donation will make a difference.

Of the £2,000 I raise, £300 will go to the Uganda wildlife - an authority to help the conservation efforts of the gorillas that I will be visiting. £600 will go on the 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 track through. The remaining £1,100 will go directly to East African Playgrounds to fund their incredible work.

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

I am also fundraising for my flights, so any money that I raise above £2,000 can be reimbursed by East African Playgrounds to me (upon request), up to the cost of my flights.

Please donate what you can. Lucy Thomas