Thomas Birtwistle I've signed onto the Gorilla Trek with the charity East African Playgrounds to raise 2000£ that will give children their childhood through play. Play has incredible benefits on a child's development. Every child should have this opportunity as it builds physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills, whilst giving them the space in which to make sense of the world. East African playgrounds builds playgrounds all over Uganda including refugee camps,. This helps to empower some of the worlds most disadvantaged children.

Examples of what you can fund with a donation are:
10£ - builds a toy giraffe for children of a community to play with
15£ - builds a motorbike out of tires, allowing kids to engage their creativity in roleplay scenarios
20£ - funds safety equipment for a disadvantages 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 will be spending 3 weeks in Uganda, trekking over it's countryside, before then volunteering on a playground build myself.
Every penny donated will go to a non-profit focused on developing East Africa.

Of the 2000£ that i am raising, 300£ will go the Ugandan Wildlife Authority to help with the conservation efforts of the gorillas, which I am very passionate about protecting. 600£ will go on the project costs of food, accommodation and travel. Most of this go to the non profit trek company the Home of Edirisa, who support the communities I will trek through, and then the remaining 1100£ will got directly to East African Playgrounds to help fund and continue their incredible work.

Please donate anything you can, and help give children their childhoods! Thomas Birtwistle