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By Heart of England Mencap, Nov 21 2017 11:02AM

Castle Galleries donates star lot!

THE ORGANISERS of a charity auction are hoping to ‘score’ big thanks to a star lot which has been donated to the cause by a local gallery.

Castle Galleries in Stratford has generously given Heart of England Mencap a limited edition photograph of Pele – footballer of the century – to go under the gavel at its auction this weekend.

It’s a lot worth more than £500 having been signed by the man himself. It’s also accompanied by a special Pele book.

The auction takes place in Leamington on Saturday (November 25th) – all to raise money for Heart of England Mencap and the local people with learning disabilities which the charity supports.

Proceeds will be used to purchase sensory equipment for Heart of England Mencap’s Complex Needs Centres, including the Fordsfield Centre in Leamington, where the auction itself will take place.

Equipment will also be purchased for Brookbank in Stratford, where auction organiser George Anderton works.

George – a keen auction-goer – was approached by Castle Galleries with the amazing donation.

Gallery Manager Jason Lawson said: “We have known George for many years and we’re delighted to be supporting this auction for such a worthwhile cause.”

The auction has also received the support of Warwick Castle, the RSC and Stratford ArtsHouse, all donating tickets, as well as members of the public taking the chance to have a clear out for charity or donating promises – from help with the ironing to washing cars.

“We have had such amazing support and we can’t thank Castle Galleries - and everyone else who has been in touch to support us - enough,” Cath Errington, Fundraising Manager for Heart of England Mencap, said.

“Now we just need as many people as possible to come along on the day and get bidding for some really amazing lots!”

The auction is happening at the Fordsfield Centre in Bury Road, Leamington this Saturday (November 25th). Viewing starts at 11am on the day, with the first lots going under the gavel from 12pm.

Auction paddles cost just £1, with hot drinks and bacon or veggie baps also available.

Hoping to score big – Di Yeoman, Media and Marketing Officer for Heart of England Mencap with auction organiser George Anderton (back left) and Jason Lawson, Manager of Castle Galleries. They are pictured with the limited edition Pele photograph and book.

By Heart of England Mencap, Nov 6 2017 01:41PM

Heart of England Mencap customers stage photo exhibition

THE PHOTOGRAPHIC skills and visions of local people with learning disabilities will be brought to life at an inspiring exhibition in the centre of Leamington.

Through The Lens is the culmination of a photography course run by Heart of England Mencap at its day activity group, Pathway.

It is taking place from now until November 14th at All Saints Parish Church in Priory Terrace.

Armed with iPads, customers from the Warwick Pathway group, based at WarwickSpace, immersed themselves in the photographic process from top to bottom.

They chose locations and subject matters, snapped the perfect picture on their tablets and then uploaded, edited and printed their creations ready for the upcoming exhibition.

The course was such a success it has also been run across the charity’s day services in Stratford, Studley and Malvern too.

Val Rainbow, Heart of England Mencap’s Arts Co-ordinator, said: “I created the course using different themes to help develop a variety of skills and to make the learning process enjoyable and interesting.

“Over the weeks we visited many outdoor locations and covered themes such as windows and doors, leaves and trees, buildings and architecture, textures, close-ups, still life, flowers and portraits to name just a few.

“Everyone on the course produce great work and each week brought new, amazing pictures.

“It was a joy to watch everyone discover newfound skills and talents and a delight to see them create something they could be proud of.

Entry to the exhibition is free and open to all and there is a coffee shop on site.

It is open: 10am – 1pm on Wednesdays, 10.30am – 2pm on Thursdays, 10.30am – 2pm on Fridays and 10am – 12.30pm on Saturdays.

By Heart of England Mencap, Oct 30 2017 03:19PM

IT WAS a big case of ‘bingo’ for fundraisers in Shipston.

Staff and customers from Heart of England Mencap organised a Bingo Night to fundraise for activities at Rosedale – the charity’s supported living complex in the town – and raised a huge £1,300 on the night.

The event took place at the Sheldon Bosley Hub on October 7th and was a massive success thanks to the support of the local community.

Cath Errington, Fundraising Manager for Heart of England Mencap, said: “We just couldn’t believe the amazing total we raised on the night. So many people turned out to support us and that means so much to the local people with learning disabilities who call Rosedale home. The community in Shipston is so supportive and we want to say a huge thank you to everyone. Enabling and encouraging our customers to be an active part of their community is something really important to them, and to our charity.”

Christine Nash, who organised the bingo night, added: “A big thank you to all the local businesses and the people of Shipston who supported us and who helped on the evening.

“We were astonished and amazed at the support and the amazing amount of money raised - which will all be spent on the customers at Rosedale. We have been really touched by the support. Watch this space for the next event!”

The money raised has been put to good use straight away - funding a pool and table tennis table, which is already a huge hit. It will also pay for Christmas activities and a festive party at Rosedale, as well as day trips for Heart of England Mencap’s customers.


Bingo –Richard Knights, Karen Strachan, Christine Nash, Janet Hale, Sue Davies, Stephen McLoghry, Jo Smart and Terri Archer from Heart of England Mencap.

Already a hit – Heart of England Mencap customers Malcolm Smith and Richard Knights get ready for a table tennis match.


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