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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.

By Heart of England Mencap, Oct 17 2017 01:55PM

Lots needed for charity auction

DONATIONS are needed - to go under the gavel in a charity auction happening in Leamington next month.

It’s all to raise money for Heart of England Mencap and the local people with learning disabilities which the charity supports.

Proceeds from the auction 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.

But first – good quality lots are needed to go under the gavel.

“This is a new fundraiser for us and we’re really hoping to raise enough money to buy new sensory equipment for our centres supporting people with complex needs in both Leamington and Stratford,” Cath Errington, Fundraising Manager for Heart of England Mencap said.

“But for our auction to be a success, we really need people to donate items to go under the gavel on the day. We’re after any small, good quality items – from handbags to furniture, toys to collectibles. Perhaps it’s the perfect chance to have a clear out and know that everything you donate will be making a real difference to local lives. We are open to auctioning ‘pledges’ as well – so if you’re not able to donate an item but could donate your time, we’d love to hear from you.”

Donations can be taken to the Fordsfield Centre, Bury Road, Leamington, or you can call Lorna on 07929 032524, or Liz on 07791 371421 for more information. Please note no electrical items can be taken.

The auction was the idea of George Anderton, a keen auction-goer who works at the Stratford complex needs centre, Brookbank.

It will take place on Saturday November 25th at the Fordsfield Centre in Leamington. 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.

Photo: Going going gone – George Anderton, Cath Errington and Lorna Haynes from Heart of England Mencap get auction ready.

By Heart of England Mencap, Sep 11 2017 11:46AM

HOWLS of delight greeted the Mencap Mudsters as they crossed the finishing line at this year’s Autumn Wolf Run at the weekend.

The five-strong team of Di Yeoman, Suzanne Hotten, Nikki Drew, Chris Howkins and Jenna Haycock, who all work for Heart of England Mencap in Warwickshire, put their bodies through their paces when they took on the 10km course through woods, obstacles, lakes, fields - and of course plenty of mud - on Sunday (September 3rd).

The event, held at Welsh Farm Road near Leamington, and described by Heart of England Mencap’s Media and Marketing Officer Di Yeoman as ‘the hardest challenge I’ve ever taken on’ has seen the team raise a fantastic £700 to support local people with learning disabilities.

Di added: “It was a truly incredible experience – such an overwhelming feeling of camaraderie, not just within our team, but from everyone involved.

“The sense of achievement and relief at the finish was very powerful too.

“It’s the hardest challenge I’ve ever taken on, but worth every second to know that the money raised will make a real difference to the loves of local people woth a learning disability.

“A huge thank you to everyone who supported us by donating to our team page - www.justgiving.com/teams/mencapmudsters - we really appreciate it.

“And a massive well done to my fellow team mates for all their efforts.”

Money raised through the team’s blood, sweat and determination will be used to pay for empowering leisure and learning day activities for the local people with learning disabilities which Heart of England Mencap supports.


1 Happy as pigs – nothing like a mudbath to boost the spirits

2 The Mencap Mudsters ready for action

3 Caked in mud and smiles – the team’s efforts saw them raise £700 for Heart of England Mencap to support local people with learning disabilities


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