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Try in July: Disabled volunteer Elodie Gibby helps Accuro devise challenge for people to try something new

A charity fundraising challenge to support people living with disabilities has been launched with the help of one of its own disabled Bishop's Stortford volunteers.

#TryInJuly has been devised by Accuro Care Services and 19-year-old Elodie Gibby. It is open to anyone keen to try something new every day in July for seven days to raise money for the charity, which is based at Start Hill, near Stortford.

Elodie, who has just finished studying at Harlow College, has been volunteering with Accuro in its communications and fundraising team to gain experience of the working world.

Elodie Gibby helped to create fundraising challenge Try In July
Elodie Gibby helped to create fundraising challenge Try In July

Chloe Salisbury, Accuro’s community fundraising and communications officer, said: "It’s been brilliant to have Elodie’s input on this. We discussed the idea for the challenge and she was just brimming with suggestions on ways for people to get involved. We love nothing more than when volunteers get really stuck in at Accuro and Elodie's certainly been doing that!"

Elodie said: "My first month [at Accuro] has been the perfect way to start learning about the working world. The staff have put me at ease and I've been given achievable tasks, which has helped me build my confidence. My goal is to develop new skills to get the most out of the experience.

"I’m looking forward to working on the Try In July challenge, as I’ve not done anything like this before."

Participants can choose any week to take part or can spread the challenge over the month. The charity is not setting a minimum fundraising target but encourages people to set up their own Virgin Money Giving page.

Chloe added: "We’re always working to come up with new and exciting fundraising challenges and events for our supporters to get involved in and this has proved difficult over the past year while restrictions have been in place.

"The idea behind #TryInJuly was to create a completely inclusive and accessible challenge that absolutely anyone could get involved in.

"Your ‘new things’ could be as simple as picking up an exotic-looking fruit in the supermarket or as drastic as dying your hair a funky colour! It’s all about trying new things and creating new experiences, whatever that means to you."

For information on how to get involved, visit http://virginmoneygiving.com/fund/tryinjuly.

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