New Year’s Day dip helps JustDifferent

Louise Burgess, daughter Binnie and family friend James Sturdy
Louise Burgess, daughter Binnie and family friend James Sturdy

A fundraising trio will be taking a dip on New Year’s Day to support the charity JustDifferent.

Littlehampton resident Louise Burgess, her daughter Binnie and family friend James Sturdy from Bognor Regis will be braving the cold for a swim at Arundel Lido.

Mrs Burgess said: “We are doing a fundraising swim on New Year’s Day for JustDifferent because we believe the work they do is really important and it’s great to support a local charity and any fundraising really does make a big difference.”

JustDifferent, based in Walberton, employs disabled adults to deliver unique workshops in both primary and secondary schools.

The aim of the charity is to promote positive awareness of disability and difference.

Founder Toby Hewson, a young man with cerebral palsy, said: “The earlier children and young people learn about disability and differences, the more likely they are to accept everyone as equal.”

Since its conception in 2008, the charity has delivered its workshops to more than 184,000 children and young people, but there is still much more work to be done.

Sarah Robinson, bookings and community administrator, said: “The workshops are offered to the schools at just 50 per cent of the actual cost, so people like Louise, Binnie and James who fund raise on our behalf really do make a big difference.”

Visit Louise Burgess New Year’s Day Dip to make a donation.

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