Sophie Lloyd I've signed up with the charity East African Playgrounds to raise £2,000 to give children their childhood through play. Play 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.

This summer I will be joining a team of Ugandan professionals and other volunteers to build a brand new playground, helping to empower some of the world's most disadvantaged children. Please help me reach my fundraising target by giving whatever you can- any donation will make a difference.

During my trip, I will also be taking part in a five-day Gorilla Trek, taking on every kind of terrain the world offers (mountains, lakes and jungles) to see the remaining silverback gorillas.

'What a difference your donations makes':

£5.11 gives one child their childhood back through access to a 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 to 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 Sophie Lloyd