maddie bird I've signed up to the Uganda Volunteer Project with the charity, East African Playgrounds to raise £800 to help bring the gift of play to the children of Uganda.

I will be going to Uganda to live and work within a local primary school to help build a playground.

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 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.

What can your donation help towards?

£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 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 a qualified builder or welder through our apprenticeship scheme.

I want to give this gift to the children of Uganda, can you please help by donating towards my fundraising - any donation will make a difference!

Thanks in advance, maddie bird