Nick Mocatta Hi all,

So, I’ve loved every minute I’ve spent in Africa and can’t wait to help out with a new worthwhile cause - East African Playgrounds - whose main goal is to provide play programmes in disadvantaged communities across Uganda.

To help fundraise for EAP we plan to cycle from the hook of Holland departing on the 14th June, and cycle from the edge of the North Sea, through 11 different countries in 12 days to reach our finish point on the Mediterranean in Pula, Croatia, a total of 1126 Miles. We will be averaging just under 100 miles/day which equates to about 7 hours in the saddle/day. The trip will take us through some amazing cities, such as Brussels, Bastogne, Strasbourg, and Zurich before reaching the Alps, yeh that place people go to ski, we're planning on cycling up and through them. The pass via Vaduz and Innsbruck should take us four days of calf and quad crunching cycling before reaching Vicenza on the 24th June, and continuing on to Pula by the 26th. The trip will take us from England through Holland, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy, Slovenia and final Croatia.

Of the £2000 i hope to raise;

£1100 - goes towards East African Playgrounds, who employ over 40 disadvantaged young adults, and have built over 100 playgrounds across Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya, including 10 playgrounds in refugee camps, helping some of the most vulnerable children in the world.
£500 - goes towards my Gorilla Permit, purchased from the Ugandan Wildlife Authority, a charity that work on conservation of Ugandan national parks and look after the endangered silverback gorillas you will trek to see.
£400- goes towards my accommodation, travel and trek costs, including money given to the Home of Edirisa, a social enterprise that works on building up the communities and towns that you trek through. They have, for example, built a swimming pool on Lake Bunyoni for children to learn to swim safely.

Having done one epic cycle through France before, we understand many of the challenges we are set to face, and personally having cycled up Mt. Ventoux know how the alps may well be the worst four days of my life, spent in one of the prettiest parts of Europe. East African Playgrounds is a great cause and any amount, big or small, would be massively appreciated.

Much Love,

Mocat, Horace and Heywood.
Nick Mocatta