Betsy Lake I've signed up to do the Gorilla Trek with the charity, East African Playgrounds, to raise at least £2,000 to give the children their childhood through play. Play has an incredible benefit on a child's development and learning, as a playground is a classroom in disguise. I think every child should have a safe and fun space to enjoy themselves, play with their friends and make sense of the world. If you think so too, can you please help me reach my fundraising target by giving whatever you can - any donation will make a difference as just £5 will help improve 1 child's life in Uganda.

This summer, I will spend 3 weeks in Uganda - taking on every kind of terrain the world offers (mountain, lakes and jungles), trekking to find the last remaining Silverback Mountain Gorilla's as well as living and working within a local community to build a playground for their school. The playground that I build will improve over 1,500 children's lives in the next 10 years and the £2000 that I will raise (and hopefully more) will support at least 400 children through East African Playgrounds.

Of the £2000 I raise, £300 will go to the Uganda Wildlife Authority to help the conservation efforts of the gorillas I will be visiting. £600 will go to project costs, most of which will go to the non-project trek company, the Home of Edirisa, who support the communities we will trek through. The remaining £1,100 will go directly to East African Playgrounds to fund their incredible work - they build playgrounds and refugee camps across Uganda, helping to empower some of the world's most disadvantaged children.

I am also fundraising for my flights, so any money that I raise over the £2000 can be reimbursed by East African Playgrounds to me up to the cost of my flight. Betsy Lake