Do Your Own Thing means that anyone can raise funds for the disability charity, whatever their skills or abilities. To get people thinking up ideas, the charity has a ‘wall of inspiration’ on its website as a starting point.
Fundraising officer at Diverse Abilities, Naomi Richards, said: “The great thing about this, is that the only limit is your imagination! So far, we’ve had people running laps of the garden through to training for marathons, hosting virtual pub quizzes and taking part in weight loss challenges. We’ve got fundraising support and advice for anyone who wants to have a go, and make sure everything fits within the changing COVID legislation.”
Activities suggested include learning new skills or languages like Makaton, fancy dress or dress down days, step count competitions as part of National Walking Month, and Eurovision sweepstakes. The charity has places available for wing walks and skydives during the year, and can install contactless collection pots in businesses, shops, cafes, and restaurants.
Amelie Mortimer, aged 7, has raised £40 by running laps around the back garden. “I wanted to raise some money for charity because I know it is really important now more than ever.”
Naomi said: “We can’t wait to see everyone getting involved and watch the different paths they’ve taken to raise money, our supporters have been instrumental to keeping us going over the last year – they’re a real innovative bunch and we can’t thank them enough!” Pictures of fundraising can be shared with the hashtag #TeamDA.
Visit diverseabilities.org.uk/dyot to find out how to get involved.
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