At Born Free, our focus has always been on the individual. Meet the people who are going the extra mile for Born Free.
Inspired? Read our fundraising ideas and download our posters to do your own fundraiser to Keep Wildlife in the Wild.
Ritchi Edwards is an award winning English actor. He appeared in the West End production of The Long and Winding Road as The Beatles Manager Brian Epstein, and subsequently the stage production of Terry Pratchett's Wyrd Sisters! His film credits include Homeless Ashes, Blame, AWOL- Absent Without Love, and Are We Dead Yet?
We are delighted that Ritchi has become an official Advocate for Born Free.
He says: "I’ll be regularly sharing Born Free posts on my social media platforms, spreading the message far and wide. I think one huge aspect of what I’m trying to achieve is education. Animals have emotions and there is so much more to them than what we see!"
Image © Piers Allardyce
Longstanding Born Free supporters, Angela and Martin Humphery (age 89 ½ and 90 ½), are taking on a remarkable new challenge during lockdown in a bid to raise vital funds to help shut down wildlife markets across the globe.
The duo are hoping to raise £1m for Born Free, to support our efforts to persuade the World Health Organisation to shut down wildlife markets, regarded by many experts as the source of the current covid-19 pandemic.
Advised to get ‘out and about’ by their GP after Martin’s recent open-heart surgery, the couple saw this as a great opportunity to start fundraising and will complete a daily one hour ‘fast trot’ around a 3km circuit on Hampstead Heath for two months. They were joined for their final walk by Born Free Co-Founder and Trustee Virginia McKenna OBE.
Donna McKenzie from Falkirk is our first Community Group Leader, covering Scotland.
Donna says: “I am delighted to be Born Free's first Community Group Leader. Virginia has been my lifetime heroine and inspiration and I have been involved in this amazing charity for many years, including as a fundraiser. As well as making friends through volunteering, I know that every penny raised makes a difference to the animals, and that every person I speak to about Born Free could help alleviate animal suffering and help Keep Wildlife in the Wild.
“I’m hoping to work with volunteers in Scotland who can give as much or as little time and commitment as they are able to. People could organise their own events, help on stalls, help secure corporate support, donate raffle or auction prizes, or even just suggest ideas for fundraising. All help will be gratefully received and I'll support volunteers in any way I can.”
Born Free supporter Emma Patrick has created a virtual fundraising challenge: Do What You Can for Tigers. Running throughout July 2020, it’s a challenge we can all join, raising money for Born Free’s tiger conservation projects.
Sign-up and set your own sponsored challenge - walking or running as much or as little as you are able during the month. It’s free to enter, simply add your sponsorship money to the group page, and share your success!
Raise over £20 to earn your certificate, over £50 to receive a specially designed medal, and over £150 to receive Born Free tiger adoption.
Made in Chelsea’s Tristan is joining our challenge team and raising money for Born Free to Keep Wildlife in the Wild and conserve their natural habitats. In October 2020, he is joining us to take on Mount Kenya, with altitudes up to 4,985m and difficult conditions – this is no mean feat!
While working as a safari guide in Botswana and South Africa, Tristan was inspired by African wildlife and now is raising money to protect Africa’s wildlife. During his time there, he saw first-hand, the damage that poaching and other exploitative activities do to the natural world and this motivated him to make the change, from the tourism sector, to activism and inspiring others!
We are delighted to announce Roar for Lions, a fundraising challenge you can join in!
Our amazing ambassador and Patron Dan Richardson will be climbing three peaks, travelling to eight cities and completing 20,000 steps to support the work of Born Free. He aims to raise £50,000 and hopes you will help him. Please share his fundraising page, cheer him on or join him along the way as he takes on the challenge later in the year.
Even if you can't donate, you can help lions by sharing Dan's Just Giving page and spreading the message to Roar for Lions!
Born Free and Jess go back three generations – her grandparents were friends with conservationists Joy and George Adamson who successfully returned Elsa the lioness to the wild. They were also involved with the filming of the wildlife classic Born Free and the making of the film An Elephant Called Slowly, the story of captive elephant Pole Pole whose death led to the founding of Born Free.
In 2020, Jess is setting out to continue her grandparents’ legacy and to raise awareness of, and funding for, Born Free. She is going to swim, cycle, kayak, climb and hike her way over a minimum of 2,020km across 20 challenges; 20 for 2020. That's further than London to St. Petersburg. Or 54 marathons! But as Jess explains: “The real perspective we need here is that the Earth belongs to all its inhabitants, yet for there to be a future, it is for us humans to make the right choices. It's now or never.”