A charity which supports people with disabilities in West Essex has been awarded a £25,000 grant thanks to the People's Postcode Lottery.

Accuro (Care Services) can spend the funds on any aspect of running the organisation, including vital recruitment and training of staff, helping them provide services to their members across Uttlesford, Harlow and Epping Forest.

Rhiannon Blake, operations and projects manager at Accuro, said: "I want to say a huge thank you to players of People’s Postcode Lottery who made this £25,000 award possible.

"This contribution is a game-changer for us; the money will be directed towards providing activities and sessions for children and adults with a disability, including covering core costs such as staffing.

"This grant will have a lasting impact and will make a difference to many."

Laura Chow, head of charity at the People's Postcode Lottery, added: "We are delighted our players are helping to make a tangible difference to those living with disability in West Essex.

"This support means Accuro can further their cause in reducing social isolation as well as improve the accessibility of leisure and social activities and provide much needed short break respite to families."

Accuro recently took some of its members to Legoland as part of its holiday scheme.


To understand the impact of the scheme in helping to reduce social isolation, the charity sent out a survey to parents and carers of members asking for feedback.

One parent commented: "The holiday scheme kept my child occupied and happy.

"Without Accuro, she wouldn’t have socialised during the summer break, so we’re very thankful."

Another said: "[My son] really enjoyed his days with you. He was obviously happy when we picked him up and this was really lovely to see.

"You made him very welcome and I felt safe leaving him."

Accuro thanked players of the People's Postcode Lottery for their support and generosity. 

The grant - which was awarded by the Postcode Places Trust - will help the charity to provide services where they are needed the most and make a difference to the lives of people with disabilities and their families.