Natasha Tiltman

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 benefits 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 Playground builds playgrounds across Uganda – including refugee camps – helping to empower some of the world’s most disadvantages children.

What a difference your donation makes:

£5.11 gives one child their childhood back through access to 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 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.

This summer I will be joining a team of paid Ugandan professionals and over 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.

This summer I will spend three weeks in Uganda – taking on every kind of terrain the world offers (mountains, lakes and jungles) before volunteering on a playground build myself. Of the £2,000 I raise, £300 will go to Uganda 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 the communities we will trek 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 charity law.

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

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

Natasha Tiltman