Nick McDonald I've signed up with the charity East African Playgrounds to raise £2,000 pounds to give children their childhood through play. Play has an incredible benefit on a child's development; I believe every child should have this opportunity as it builds physical, social, emotional, and cognitive skills, whilst giving them the space to make sense of the world and exercise freedom of thought. East African Playgrounds build playgrounds all over Uganda - including in refugee camps - helping empower some of the world's most disadvantaged children.

Examples of what you can fund with a donation are:

£10 - Builds a toy giraffe for the children of a community to play with

£15 - Builds a motorbike out of tyres, allowing children to engage their creativity in role-play scenarios

£20 - Funds safety equipment for a disadvantaged young adult, helping them to be safe as they start their meaningful employment with East African Playgrounds

£50 - Builds a table with space for board games such as checkers or snakes and ladders!

Next Summer, I will be spending 3 weeks in Uganda. For the majority of the time I will be with a team of paid Ugandan professionals and other volunteers helping to build a playground. Of the £2,000 I raise, £1,100 will go directly to the East African Playgrounds charity to help them continue their incredible work.

I will also have the opportunity to go on a 5 day trek through the foothills and mountains of Western Uganda. I will be able to spend an hour with the critically endangered mountain gorilla, which will help contribute to their conservation. £300 will go to the Ugandan Wildlife Authority to help the conservation of these magnificent creatures.

Of the remaining £600, most will go to the non-profit trek company, the Home of Edirisa, who support the communities we will trek through. A small amount will also go towards my basic food and accommodation costs.

Please help me reach my fundraising target by giving whatever you can! All donations, however big or small, will be greatly appreciated, and will help East African Playgrounds transform children's lives. Nick McDonald