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Havering group for disabled girls appeals for help hitting fundraising goal

This Girl’s Ability will help disabled young women tackle isolation and loneliness (Credit: This Girl’s Ability)

A new community company in Havering is urgently appealing for help reaching their fundraising target within the next two weeks.

This Girl’s Ability will lose a £4,500 pledge from Sport England if they can’t hit their £9,000 goal by 12pm on Thursday, 15 December. They have raised more than 75 per cent of their target so far.

The non-profit group will support girls and young women with disabilities by giving them access to a range of activities such as sports, creative hobbies and workshops.

Disabled people were disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and the company wants to help those who are struggling with loneliness and poor mental health.

Founding Director Nikki Fairbairn said she has been committed to promoting equal access to sport since joining Writtle University College as a mature student.

She has progressed from voluntary to paid roles with her local council since earning a first-class honours degree in Sport & Exercise Science in 2019.

Georgie Hart, 22, is one of the company’s directors and community ambassadors. She believes it is an “important project”.

She said: “Growing up as a disabled girl with cerebral palsy was very hard at times. A club in my local community would have helped me make friends, given me more confidence and made such a difference in my life. I wish I’d had something like this.

“Not every girl likes the same things, so we aim to offer sports, art, drama, trips and a pop culture club with fashion, film, and books.”

If you would like to make a donation, or find out more about their business sponsor packages, you can visit their Crowdfunder page here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/thisgirlsability

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