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Helping Herts: Launch of free activity guide for county

A new fundraising organisation called Helping Herts has launched an activity guide for the county, sponsored by Stort Valley Rotary Club.

As well as signposting a range of free and low-cost leisure pursuits, the aim is to raise £500,000 for essential charitable organisations including hospices and Citizens Advice.

Gordon Morrison, chairman of Stort Valley Rotary Club, said: "It is critical for us all to pull together in the community campaign to raise money for these important charities. The Helping Herts campaign will offer a fun way to fundraise and, as a bonus, give you lots of ideas for places to explore across our amazing county."

Stort Valley Rotary chairman Gordon Morrison (49430006)
Stort Valley Rotary chairman Gordon Morrison (49430006)

That includes a summer holiday trail challenge in Bishop's Stortford town centre which costs £5 to enter.

Well-known children's books have been placed in 17 shop windows on the high street. Participants can use treasure hunt clues to find them and there is a £100 prize up for grabs for the winner.

A spokesman for Hertfordshire Hospices said: "The money raised in aid of our charities will help fund vital care for adults and children living with a life-limiting illness and support for their families."

Helping Herts activity guide (49430008)
Helping Herts activity guide (49430008)

Rosie Waters, chief executive of Citizens Advice North Hertfordshire, said: "The advice and support that Citizens Advice Hertfordshire gives to residents is needed more than ever as we work through the financial, employment, housing and family issues caused by the pandemic.

"We are very grateful to be chosen as one of the organisations supported by the Helping Herts campaign. Your support will enable us to help the people of Hertfordshire who need us most to get back on their feet."

To download the guide and sign up for the treasure hunt, see www.helpingherts.com/hertfordshireactivities.

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