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By Heart of England Mencap, Mar 19 2018 03:24PM


THERE will be a chance to enjoy a cuppa and cake in the comfort of your pyjamas later this month – and all to raise money to support World Autism Awareness Week.


Heart of England Mencap – the local charity supporting people with learning disabilities – will host the Pyjama Day and Coffee Morning on Wednesday March 28th.


It will take place at Pathway – Heart of England Mencap’s day activity service – at 5 Church Green, Atherstone-on-Stour, just outside Stratford, between 10.30am and 12.30pm.


The event – open to customers, families, staff and supporters – is all to raise awareness and funds during World Autism Week, which runs from March 26th to April 2nd.


Organised by the National Autistic Society, it’s a week where schools, workplaces, families and friends from all over the UK take part in activities to raise money and awareness for autism, a condition affecting 700,000 people nationally.


Katie Berry, Activities Coordinator for Heart of England Mencap, devised the local fundraiser.


She says: “Autism affects so many people, including many of the people we support, but while we’ve come a long way in raising awareness, there’s still more to be done. That’s why we want to support Autism Week and raise money to help the National Autistic Society to continue raising awareness and providing support – and it’s really important we enable our customers to show their support too. Everybody is welcome to come and join us – the more in their pyjamas the merrier!”


Photo: Pulling on their PJs – (left to right) Jo Watson, Amy Patterson and Katie Berry from Heart of England Mencap.



By Heart of England Mencap, Feb 21 2018 03:43PM

Physiotherapist to swim, cycle to London and then run London Marathon in incredible non-stop fundraising challenge!




RUNNING the London Marathon is no easy feat – but one local man is going to attempt it - having swam two miles and then hopped on his bike to cycle overnight the 100-plus miles from Warwickshire to the Grenwich startline first.


Jonathan Davis, who runs Shires Physio in Warwick and Leamington, will be taking on the more than a marathon challenge this April to raise funds for Heart of England Mencap, supporting people with learning disabilities across Warwickshire and Worcestershire.


The 37-year-old from Kenilworth is no stranger to big physical feats.


He has completed 3 marathons before, as well as 3 Ironman challenges covering 140 miles in water, on wheels and on foot.


But he has never attempted it overnight – until now.


On Saturday April 21st Jonathan will jump into a local pool to swim 2 miles. He will then get on his bike to cycle through the night, covering 112 miles to get to London. With no time for sleep, he’ll then line-up to take on the London Marathon, looking to complete the last 26.2 miles in an incredible fundraising challenge.


“It might sound a little bit mad but in my job as a physio I meet so many really inspiring people, people really overcoming adversity and doing incredible things,” Jonathan said.


“This doesn’t even compare to what I have seen many of them go through – and that’s why I want to do it, to show how you can set yourself a challenge, overcome difficulty and achieve it.


“Fundraising for Heart of England Mencap – a charity which supports so many local people with learning disabilities, supporting them as they overcome adversity and focus on their abilities – is the perfect fit.”

Jonathan is hoping to raise way over the minimum £1,500 London Marathon requirement – looking for support from local businesses as well as individual pledges.


“What Jonathan is attempting is absolutely incredible and we are so grateful for his support,” Cath Errington, Fundraising Manager for Heart of England Mencap, said.


“He will be really inspirational to the people we support, people facing challenges every day. We’re going to use the money raised to inspire activity and sport in our customers – through adaptive sport sessions and to further our adaptive cycling programme too. Such an amazing challenge really deserves some amazing support so we’re urging everyone to get behind Jonathan and donate whatever they can knowing it will go directly to some of the most disadvantaged local people in their community.”


To sponsor Jonathan visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JonDavis


Businesses interested in supporting or sponsoring his challenge can contact Cath Errington, Fundraising Manager for Heart of England Mencap, on 01789 298709.


Photo: In training – Jonathan Davis in the gym with Heart of England Mencap’s Fundraising Manager Cath Errington.

By Heart of England Mencap, Feb 9 2018 12:15PM


GREEN tokens have signalled a green light for adaptive rowing sessions for local people with learning disabilities.


Waitrose has presented a cheque for £375 to Heart of England Mencap – money raised through the green token scheme at its store at the Rosebird Centre in Stratford.


It will be used to fund an adaptive rowing course for the local people with learning disabilities which Heart of England Mencap supports.


Run by Stratford Boat Club, the adaptive rowing sessions will take place on the River Avon in Stratford later this year. They enable individuals with disabilities to get out on the river – using boat stabilisers and other adapted equipment.


Kate Buttrick, Activities Coordinator for Heart of England Mencap, said: “Adaptive rowing is an activity our customers have had the opportunity to experience before, and gained so much from. We’re so grateful to Waitrose and to all of the shoppers who put their green tokens in our collection box. This money will now enable us to further our rowing programme, and to offer the opportunity to more customers. There are so many benefits, from the physical aspects to the new skills and confidence it brings. And there’s a huge amount of enjoyment too.”


David Reid, Store Manager of Waitrose in Stratford, added: “It’s great to see how the Waitrose Community Matters scheme is able to help local people across the community and lovely to hear how much enjoyment Heart of England Mencap customers will get out of adapted rowing this summer.”


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