A Buckingham woman is desperately fundraising for a volunteer trip to Zimbabwe in January.
Georgie Lund, aged 24, heads out to Africa at the beginning of January to lead a group of volunteers, both Zimbabwean and British, aged 18 to 25.
Each volunteer has to raise £800 before departure.
But Georgie, who attended the Buckingham School and the Royal Latin School, has had little time to fundraise, as she has just finished a masters degree in conflict prevention, sustainable peace and security at Durham University.
Now she is busy baking for her mum and friends in a last-minute bid to raise the cash.
While in Zimbabwe, the volunteers will live in the communities and work for the charity Restless Development Zimbabwe, to implement projects on women’s empowerment, sexual and reproductive health and raising awareness of HIV/Aids.
Georgie is going as part of the government-sponsored International Citizen Service programme, run on its behalf by charities, including Restless Development.
An estimated 400 Zimbabweans die every day from Aids-related illnesses.
Georgie said: “Projects like those that Restless Development implement really can make a difference to people’s lives, especially those which focus on gender and sexual and reproductive health when HIV/Aids is crippling the everyday lives of Zimbabweans.”