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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, Nov 14 2016 01:04PM

INCREASES in staff, hours of care and income have all been reported by Heart of England Mencap at the charity’s AGM.


The organisation grew by 33 per cent when it took over the running of two Complex Needs Services – in Stratford and Leamington – from September 2015. These services, previously provided by Warwickshire County Council, were won through a tender process.


Helena Wallis, Chief Executive of Heart of England Mencap, reported at the AGM, held in Leamington on Tuesday November 1st – that the charity had been successful in winning all tenders it had expressed an interest in.


The number of employees rose by 25 per cent – to 210, providing 3134 hours of care per week, a figure up 13 per cent. In total, 162,975 hours of care were provided in the year, also up 13 per cent. Income and the number of services provided also increased.


HofE Mencap’s mission is to support people with learning disabilities to enable them to live fulfilling lives.

Services operate across Warwickshire and Worcestershire – in Stratford, Shipston, Studley, Southam, Warwick, Leamington, Evesham and Malvern. They include supported living, residential care, respite and community day services.


2016 continues to be an exciting year for the charity. Major funding has been awarded to develop a sensory facility, with a further major grant of £156,000 just announced to support two projects launching to help people with learning disabilities into work. Fundraising success has been another major highlight – from the Lions Raft Race, which HofE Mencap was successful in becoming this year’s main beneficiary for, to the Friends of HofE Mencap firewalk, which recently raised a huge £11,000.

“It has been and continues to be a great year for our charity,” Chief Executive Helena Wallis said.


“Going forward we want to continue to improve our services and activities to help our customers to live the life they choose – achieving personal fulfilment, focusing on their abilities, building independence and most importantly, enjoying life.”


By Heart of England Mencap, Oct 5 2016 01:00PM

MORE than 100 feet walked over hot coals to raise an incredible £10,000 for Heart of England Mencap at the weekend.


The Charity Firewalk was organised by the Friends of Heart of England Mencap and took place at the Home Guard Club in Tiddington on Saturday night (October 1st).


Some 57 people took part on the night – undergoing two hours in training before stepping up to conquer the coals – everyone completing the seemingly impossible feat and raising a huge amount to support local people with learning disabilities.


Sponsorship is still being collected but organisers expect to reach the £10,000 mark.


The event – the first undertaken by Heart of England Mencap and the largest fundraiser to date organised by the Friends of the charity - was run by Blaze Firewalking.


Amongst those taking part were a big contingent of HofE Mencap’s staff and supporters – as well as corporate teams, including 11 workers from Santander UK, based in Solihull.


Di Yeoman, Media and Marketing Officer for HofE Mencap, conquered the coals on the night.


She said: ”The evening began with a 2 hour training session - lots of exercises in positive thinking and fun activities to rev us up and get up whooping and shouting and smiling. We walked the length of the pit before it was lit to assess how many steps we would take - and then watched the fire being lit.

“Everyone walked the coals, not one person backing out. Despite an evening of heavy rain spirits were high – and we are so grateful to the Friends of Heart of England Mencap for organising such an incredible fundraiser for us – to everyone who took part or supported those who did.”
“Everyone walked the coals, not one person backing out. Despite an evening of heavy rain spirits were high – and we are so grateful to the Friends of Heart of England Mencap for organising such an incredible fundraiser for us – to everyone who took part or supported those who did.”

Heart of England Mencap’s Chief Executive Helena Wallis also stepped up to the challenge.

She said: “The opportunity to take part in a personal challenge, along with such a motivated group of supporters felt amazing. The experience was incredible, not painful at all! Overcoming fear felt a great achievement – especially when I knew that so many people would benefit from my involvement and from the incredible funds we raised. It was worth every step.”


Karen Rousell, Chair of the Friends of HofE Mencap, added: “We have raised more than we could ever have imagined and we owe a huge thank you to everyone. We are now deciding how best to spend the incredible total – as with all of our fundraising it will go straight to the local people with learning disabilities who are supported by Heart of England Mencap.”

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