Sanaya Patel I've signed up to the Gorilla Trek with the charity East African Playgrounds to raise £3,000 to help bring the gift of play to the children of Uganda.

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 also 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. It also gives them a space in which to make sense of the world and exercise freedom of thought.

I want to give this gift to the children of Uganda but in order to do this I require your support. If you could please help by donating towards my fundraising I would be extremely grateful. No donation, no matter how small, will go unappreciated and will go a long way in helping me reach my goal.

Of the £3000 I raise:
£600 will go towards my project costs (food, accommodation, travel etc.)
£300 will go to the Ugandan wildlife authority to help their conservation efforts of the Gorilla's I will be visiting
£1,100 will go directly to East African Playgrounds to fund their incredible work
£1000 will be used to cover the costs of my flights, visa's and any vaccinations I may require

A further breakdown of where the costs go can be found at

The work done by east African playgrounds has proven to be invaluable and in order for you to grasp this more conclusively I have included a link below to a wonderful video produced by the charity. Hopefully this will provide you more info on the extent to which East African Playgrounds work improves children's lives. Sanaya Patel