Madeline Abbott Hi! I'm Maddie, a first year History student at the University of Warwick and I've signed up to the Gorilla Trek with the charity, East African Playgrounds, to raise £2000, in order to help bring the gift of play to children in Uganda!

Coming from an aviation orientated family, I have always been fascinated by the world, in particular with the continent of Africa. Since being at the University of Warwick, not only have I been given the opportunity to study Modern African History, but also to travel to East Africa and make a difference to Ugandan children's lives!

Whilst in Uganda, I will help to build a playground in a local community and also trek to find the last remaining Silverback Mountain Gorilla's, something that the next generation won't be able to do!

The charity I will be travelling with, East African Playgrounds, builds playgrounds across Uganda, helping to empower many disadvantaged children.

A playground is a classroom in disguise, children don't know they are learning, they don't feel like they are learning, but really they are taking in the whole world whilst playing with their friends! Play helps to develop physical, emotional and cognitive skills and is the framework of a child's memory of their childhood.

Your donations can help East African Playgrounds to continue this vital work!

The difference your donations can make:
- £5.11 gives one child their childhood back through access to a safe, fun and child focused 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.
- £197.61 trains a former street child for a month, helping them to become qualified builder or welder through EAP's apprenticeship scheme.

Please donate & help to make a difference to Ugandan children's lives! Madeline Abbott