Owen Bell I have signed up to take on the 2018 Gorilla Trek with the charity East African Playgrounds to raise £2,000 in order to give the children of the community I will be visiting the childhood all children deserve, through play, on a playground that I will help to build. Play has an incredible benefit on a child's emotional, social, physical and cognitive skills and development, whilst also giving them the space in which to make sense of the world and exercise freedom of thought. East African Playgrounds build playgrounds all across Uganda - including in refugee camps - helping to empower some of the world's most disadvantaged children.

Just some examples of what you can fund with a donation are...

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

£15 - This would build a motorbike out of tires, allowing the children to engage with their creativity and imagination through roleplaying activities

£20 - This would fund safety equipment for a disadvantaged young adult, allowing and helping them to start their meaningful employment with East Africa Playgrounds

£50 - This would build a table with space for items such as board games, for the children to play with, and in doing so further their educational and cognitive development

In order to raise this money, I will be spending three weeks in Uganda, taking on every kind of terrain the world can offer, from mountains to lakes to jungles, before volunteering in a Ugandan community on the build of the playground.

Every penny donated will go non-profit organisations focussed on developing East Africa. Of the £2,000 I will raise: £300 will go to the Ugandan Wildlife Authority, to help the conservation efforts of the endangered silverback gorillas I will be visiting; £600 will go on project costs of food, accommodation and travel, most of which will go through the non-profit trek company, The Home of Edirisa, who support the communities that we will trek though; and the remaining £1,100 will go direct to East African Playgrounds to fund more of their incredible work.

Please donate anything you can, and help give children their childhoods. Thank you. Owen Bell