Sam Arnold I will be working as a Team Leader on an amazing adventure which starts with a 5-day trek across the Ugandan countryside, before spending 2 weeks living and working in a rural community, where we will build a playground from scratch to benefit over a thousand children for years to come.

Play is one of the most important parts of childhood, and has even been recognised by the UN as one of the fundamental rights of children. Unfortunately some children aren't lucky enough to have the facilities that we do in the UK, so it is up to charities like East African Playgrounds to support children in this amazing corner of the world.

Each playground built by EAP is adapted to the interests of the local children, as well as being built entirely with local materials and by local workers, who receive a fair wage, something really unique for an international development charity!

£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!

I've been doing fundraising all year, including running the Bournemouth Bay Run, running the Southampton Half Marathon in a full monkey onesie (it was soooo warm!), and my final challenge which is a 34-mile ultra-marathon on the Isle of Wight! My legs are going to be in pieces by the end of the year!

Of the £2000 I raise, £300 will go to the Ugandan Wildlife Authority to improve the conservation and the protection of the last wild mountain gorillas. £600 will go towards the project costs, such as food, accommodation and travel which goes to a non-profit trek organisation called the Home of Edirisa, who support all the local communities we trek through. The final £1,100 will go to East African Playgrounds to fund their amazing work.

Please give anything you can, and help give children their childhoods! Sam Arnold