Honor Saunders I've signed up with the charity East African Playgrounds to volunteer as Southampton University's Team Leader on a fantastic 3-week project in Uganda in September 2018. For this project I'll be raising £2,000 to give some of the most disadvantaged children in the world their childhood through play. Play has an incredible benefit on a child's development, and helps them to build physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills, whilst giving them the space to exercise freedom of thought. This is something we all take for granted, and we cannot imagine never having the space or freedom to play as a child, which is unfortunately the reality for some children in the world. The work of East African Playgrounds is working to change this by building playgrounds all over Uganda - including in refugee camps - helping to empower some of the world's most disadvantaged children.

Examples of what you can fund with a donation are...

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

£15 - builds a motorbike out of tires, allowing kids 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!

To raise this money, I'll be spending three weeks in Uganda - taking on every kind of terrain the world can offer (mountains, lakes and jungles) before volunteering on a playground build myself. Every penny donated will go to a non-profit organisation focussed on developing East Africa.

Of the £2,000 I raise, £300 will go to the Ugandan Wildlife Authority to help the conservation efforts of the gorillas I'll 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 local communities we will trek through. The remaining £1,000 will go directly to East African Playgrounds to fund their incredible and ethical work.

Any donation will be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Honor Saunders