Lotti Henley is a 94-year old co-founder of Plan Zheroes, a local food waste charity, and much-loved resident of Earls Court Square. For her 95th birthday this month, she is raising money for her charity to employ a full-time manager to run day-to-day operations and help aid growth.
After retiring as an interpreter, Lotti turned to volunteering, where she joined Citizens UK in 2009 and became the chair of the Green Planet Action Team; a West London development which worked to spread the word of good recycling within the local community.
Lotti’s time with the Green Planet Action Team inspired her to start her own charity which would save excess food from going to landfill. Plan Zheroes was formed around a Lotti’s kitchen table in Earl’s Court Square in 2011.
The charity applied for seed funding from the Greater London Authority in 2011 and was awarded with a grant, alongside business strategy and implementation sessions.
Since then, Plan Zheroes has gone from strength to strength and has prevented over 47,000 tonnes of excess food from going to landfill. In 2019 alone.
Lotti’s birthday pledge
The charity currently operates solely with volunteers, and one part-time employee. When Lotti was asked what she wanted for her 95th birthday, she said to raise money to employ a full-time person to run the grassroot charity she co-founded nearly a decade ago.
Lotti hopes to raise £9,500 which will help the charity continue to grow, connect with more organisations, and expand their operations.
We think we can all agree that Lotti’s dedication to charitable causes over the years is very inspirational.
You can donate to Lotti’s 95th birthday fundraiser by clicking here.