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By Heart of England Mencap, Feb 7 2018 12:00PM

THE FRIENDS of Heart of England Mencap will be putting their hearts into their first fundraiser of 2018.


The group will be holding a Valentine Afternoon Tea in Stratford on Friday February 16th.


It is taking place at the Rosebird Community Hall between 2.30pm and 4.30pm.


Everyone’s invited to drop in for a cuppa and cake for just £2.50. There will also be an opportunity to pick-up a pamper goody bag for just £2.50 extra.


The Friends of Heart of England Mencap has raised a huge £20,000 to support local people with learning disabilities over the past four years.


Chair Anna Kingsley said: “This is a chance to come along and enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake or two while raising money to fund equipment and activities which directly benefit the local people with learning disabilities who are supported by Heart of England Mencap.


“It’s a great chance to come and meet our Friends group too and find out all about our future fundraising and events. We’re always looking for new members and new ideas, an opportunity to meet people and have fun whilst fundraising.”


For more information please call 01789 298709 or email Anna56@icloud.com

By Heart of England Mencap, Jan 24 2017 09:20AM

THE SOUND of music has been ringing out at services run by Heart of England Mencap - thanks to special music boxes donated by a fundraiser.


Anna Kingsley took on 60 challenges to mark her 60th birthday last year – including a daring skydive to fundraise for Heart of England Mencap, supporting local people with learning disabilities.


The challenges were to mark Anna’s milestone year and in memory of the son she lost at the age of just 6.

Theo Monk died in 2008. Although he had a range of complex learning disabilities, Theo’s death was sudden and unexpected. Since Theo died - the day before Anna’s birthday - his mum has fundraised for many causes in his memory, from the British Heart Foundation to the Welcombe Hills School where Theo was a pupil.


Anna, from Newbold-on-Stour, has also fundraised for Heart of England Mencap and become a ‘Friend’ of the charity – donating music equipment in 2014, and garden equipment in 2016.


She added to that just before Christmas when she delivered special music boxes to services across Warwickshire, filled with shakers, chimes and drums to be used and enjoyed by Mencap customers.

“It was such an honour to visit the day centres and residences and meet the customers. The boxes were well received and, as I had hoped, the free-standing chimes raised so many smiles,” Anna said.


“Music and nature both brought Theo a lot of joy so it feels very fitting to have now donated equipment to allow others to enjoy both.”




By Heart of England Mencap, Aug 18 2016 11:00AM

THERE will be green-fingers all round at Heart of England Mencap’s centres – thanks to special garden boxes donated by a fundraiser.


Anna Kingsley is taking on 60 challenges to mark her 60th birthday this year - and two of them are fundraisers for the local charity supporting people with learning disabilities.


The challenges are to mark Anna’s milestone year and in memory of the son she lost at the age of just 6.


Theo Monk died in 2008. Although he had a range of complex learning disabilities, Theo’s death was sudden and unexpected. Since Theo died - the day before Anna’s birthday - his mum has fundraised for many causes in his memory, from the British Heart Foundation to the Welcombe Hills School where Theo was a pupil.


Special donation - Anna Kingsley with her garden boxes


Anna, from Newbold-on-Stour, has also fundraised for Heart of England Mencap and become a ‘Friend’ of the charity – donating a box of musical equipment in 2014 to be used by those attending Mencap’s day activity group, Pathway.


Now Anna has added to that, this time donating special garden boxes filled with plants and equipment.

The money for the boxes, supplied by Plantabox, was raised through a sponsored zumbathon in April. Anna will fundraise further for Heart of England Mencap next week, when she takes on a skydive.

“Music and nature both brought Theo a lot of joy so it feels very fitting to have now donated equipment to allow others to enjoy both,” Anna said.


Having lost Theo the day before her birthday, Anna didn’t want to plan a big party to mark her 60th. Instead, with the support of her husband Reg and 16-year-old son Alexander, Anna drew up her list of 60 tasks with a year to go and set about ticking them off.


As well as the fundraisers, Anna has set herself physical challenges, from swimming a mile to walking 60. She will aim to visit her 60th National Trust property too – and try her hand at skills totally new, surfing being one of them.


“It’s surprisingly hard to come up with 60 things,” Anna added.


“The skydive is going to be a huge challenge for me near the end of my mission – I struggle with escalators!”


The skydive – on Wednesday August 24th – is also in memory of Anna’s brother, John, who would have been 70 on that day. She will be jumping alongside her son Alexander. To sponsor them please go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/R-G-MONK1


For more information on Theo and his legacy, please visit www.theo-monk.co.uk


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