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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, Jan 22 2016 11:29AM

THE FRIENDS of Heart of England Mencap will be putting their hearts into their first fundraiser of 2016.

The group will be holding a Valentine Coffee Morning in Stratford on Friday February 12th.


Taking place at 21 Aintree Road – it will be an ‘open house’ event, running between 9.30am and 12.30pm at the home of Karen Rousell, chair of the Friends group.


Karen Rousell (left) and Yvonne Ferguson from the Friends of Heart of England Mencap.


For £2.50 you can enjoy a coffee and a cake, with the collection buckets out for any further donations. Goodie bags filled with those unwanted Christmas gifts will also be sold for just £2.50 each.


Karen said: “We organised the same event last year and it was a huge success, raising £400 for Heart of England Mencap. The money went straight to help local people with learning disabilities, funding activities which make a real difference to their lives. We hope to match that figure, or perhaps even beat it, this year.”

The Friends of Heart of England Mencap formed at the start of 2014 to fundraise for the Stratford-based charity, which supports individuals with learning disabilities across Warwickshire and Worcestershire.



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