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About Us

Reach the Children UK is dedicated to providing opportunities for self-reliance in the rural environment through sustainable community projects, generating income to fund projects our local partners identify as the fundamental / primary needs of rural communities. These include provision of clean and safe water, opportunities for education and skills training, and providing primary first aid training for locations where there are no clinics or medical facilities.  Reach the Children UK recognises the unique contribution made by the women of Africa. As a direct focus Reach the Children UK seeks to support empowering of women through education, removing the impediments to achieving skill sets, enabling employment as trained artisans and craftswomen, as well as providing opportunities for higher education, benefiting civil society throughout their life time. The women of Africa are the catalysts that keep communities working together for the benefit of all. Reach the Children UK emphatically supports all initiatives that sustain the empowerment of women, establishing rights and commitments to equal opportunities for all women.

Meet the Team

Ray Botterell
Ray BotterellReach the Children UK Founder
I am passionate about gender equality and respectfully admire the resolution of the African woman who is the catalyst of African communities. The girls are sent out to fetch water as soon as they can walk, pretty soon they carry their younger siblings on their hip, then they are the wife and mother raising the children as well as tending the crops in the fields, cooking the meal and doing all things domestic. When they are too old to bear any more children they are out collecting firewood for the cooking fire. Reach the Children UK changes lives of children for the better.
Kate Gibson
Kate GibsonTrustee
I have known Ray Botterell, Chairman of Reach the Children UK, for a number of years and became aware of his commitment to disadvantaged children in East Africa. As I learned more about the work he and a team of committed volunteers carried out, my daughter and I wanted to be a part of it. We both loved the opportunity to reach out and touch the lives of children, particularly those with disabilities and from rural areas, and we have joined expeditions on numerous occasions. As a trustee I continue to look towards finding and supporting ways to improve the lives of those in need in whatever way I can.
Tarig El Sheikh
Tarig El SheikhTrustee
I’m a strong believer in the right of every child to have an education and a safe and nurturing environment to grow up in and unfortunately that’s not always the case.
I chose to work with RTC as it specifically targets children in the poorest parts of Africa. By keeping the charity costs low, RTC ensures that almost ALL of the donations made make it to the end beneficiary. My ethos has always been small acts that lead to big impact, which is what RTC is all about.
Joyce Corkin
Joyce CorkinTrustee
Reach the Children gave me the opportunity to take my knowledge and skills to children in Kenya. It was my chosen charity as all donations are taken and used in the area of need. Having a background in nursing I was able to teach children of all ages how to manage health problems or injuries. The team work was fun and everyone worked together. The camaraderie made lifelong friends. Exchange in understanding and knowledge was reciprocal with people of Kenya. The experience being something I will never forget , enriching in every way.
Jenn Botterell
Jenn BotterellAdministrator
My connection with Reach the Children UK began through sponsored running events. Over the last few years I have become more involved in fundraising as we partnered with the annual Selsdon Half Marathon, who contribute half the proceeds each year to Reach the Children UK. In 2016 I started doing admin for the charity. I love the work of Reach the Children UK and the impact this has on children and communities in Kenya and Uganda.
Tony Jordan
Tony JordanTrustee
My life has been an incredible journey from humble beginnings, and with a lot of hard work, to enjoying amazing success as a drama writer and TV producer with some very popular shows the public have liked and embraced. My work takes me to many places around the world, some where life can be very tough for kids with little prospects of having enough of life’s necessities to enjoy any kind of prosperity. I wanted to put something back where it counted most and an opportune moment came along when invited to join the Board of Reach the Children UK working with impoverished African children in the rural environment. With my media expertise I can help get these kids a better deal.