Lottie Rayner

I've signed up to take on the Gorilla Trek with the charity East African Playgrounds in Uganda, raising £2,000 to empower some of the world's most disadvantaged children, help conservation efforts to save the last remaining mountain gorillas, and support local Ugandan communities in their education and enterprise.

I will be working with three incredible organisations to do this. Firstly, East African Playgrounds who run youth empowerment and vocational training programmes as well as build and install epic playgrounds in refugee settlements and community schools across Uganda.
Secondly, the social enterprise Edrisa who support the local communities with enterprise and educational programmes.
Thirdly, the Uganda Wildlife Authority who've run all of the conservation programmes helping to protect the last mountain gorillas and have rapidly increased their numbers over the last ten years. Currently, Uganda is home to 600 of the remaining 800 mountain gorillas on the planet.

Your donation means so much to gorilla conservation and to the children of Uganda, whom we give a childhood through play and creativity. Examples of what you can fund with a donation are:
£10 - builds a toy giraffe for the children of a community to play with
£15 - builds a motorbike out of tires, allowing children to embrace their creativity in role play
£20 - funds safety equipment for a disadvantaged young adult, helping them to begin their employment through East African Playgrounds
£50 - builds a table that can be used for a range of creative and play activities
£100 - funds a one-month educational-play programme

To raise this money, I will be spending three weeks in Uganda - taking on every kind of terrain the world can offer (mountains, lakes, and jungles) before working with the gorilla conservation team, and then volunteering on a playground build myself. I plan on doing many fundraising activities, from the likes of bake sales to a docu-series to endurance challenges (which, if you know me well, is a very big deal because 'Lottie' and 'endurance' don't usually go in the same sentence)!! Every penny donated will go to a non-profit organisation focussed on developing East Africa.

Of the £2,000 you help me raise, £300 will go to the Uganda Wildlife Authority to help the conservation efforts of the gorillas I will be visiting. £600 will go on project costs including food, travel, and accommodation, most of which will go to the non-profit trek company, Edirisa, who will support the communities we trek through. And lastly, the remaining £1,100 will go direct to East African playgrounds to fund their incredible work.

The Gorilla Trek is the only international charity challenge and volunteering project of its kind and it helps thousands of people in Uganda and the gorillas themselves. Please donate anything you can, and help give children their childhoods.

Lottie Rayner