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By Heart of England Mencap, Feb 21 2018 03:43PM

Physiotherapist to swim, cycle to London and then run London Marathon in incredible non-stop fundraising challenge!




RUNNING the London Marathon is no easy feat – but one local man is going to attempt it - having swam two miles and then hopped on his bike to cycle overnight the 100-plus miles from Warwickshire to the Grenwich startline first.


Jonathan Davis, who runs Shires Physio in Warwick and Leamington, will be taking on the more than a marathon challenge this April to raise funds for Heart of England Mencap, supporting people with learning disabilities across Warwickshire and Worcestershire.


The 37-year-old from Kenilworth is no stranger to big physical feats.


He has completed 3 marathons before, as well as 3 Ironman challenges covering 140 miles in water, on wheels and on foot.


But he has never attempted it overnight – until now.


On Saturday April 21st Jonathan will jump into a local pool to swim 2 miles. He will then get on his bike to cycle through the night, covering 112 miles to get to London. With no time for sleep, he’ll then line-up to take on the London Marathon, looking to complete the last 26.2 miles in an incredible fundraising challenge.


“It might sound a little bit mad but in my job as a physio I meet so many really inspiring people, people really overcoming adversity and doing incredible things,” Jonathan said.


“This doesn’t even compare to what I have seen many of them go through – and that’s why I want to do it, to show how you can set yourself a challenge, overcome difficulty and achieve it.


“Fundraising for Heart of England Mencap – a charity which supports so many local people with learning disabilities, supporting them as they overcome adversity and focus on their abilities – is the perfect fit.”

Jonathan is hoping to raise way over the minimum £1,500 London Marathon requirement – looking for support from local businesses as well as individual pledges.


“What Jonathan is attempting is absolutely incredible and we are so grateful for his support,” Cath Errington, Fundraising Manager for Heart of England Mencap, said.


“He will be really inspirational to the people we support, people facing challenges every day. We’re going to use the money raised to inspire activity and sport in our customers – through adaptive sport sessions and to further our adaptive cycling programme too. Such an amazing challenge really deserves some amazing support so we’re urging everyone to get behind Jonathan and donate whatever they can knowing it will go directly to some of the most disadvantaged local people in their community.”


To sponsor Jonathan visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JonDavis


Businesses interested in supporting or sponsoring his challenge can contact Cath Errington, Fundraising Manager for Heart of England Mencap, on 01789 298709.


Photo: In training – Jonathan Davis in the gym with Heart of England Mencap’s Fundraising Manager Cath Errington.

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 31 2018 01:40PM

THEY set out to put the fun back into fundraising – and four years on they’ve managed to raise a huge £20,000 along the way.


That’s the total which has now benefitted local people with learning disabilities thanks to the Friends of Heart of England Mencap.


The fundraising group began back in 2014, set up and chaired by Karen Rousell from Stratford, whose daughter Lottie has learning disabilities.


She wanted to support a charity close to her heart and put the fun back into fundraising - hosting events which people wanted to attend, raising money along the way.


And it’s a formula which has worked. Four years on and they’ve now raised a huge £20,000 for Heart of England Mencap, which supports people with learning disabilities across Warwickshire and Worcestershire.


The money has been raised through all sorts of events – from coffee mornings to a card nights or a clothes exchange, as well as sponsored challenges – including a hugely successful firewalk back in 2016 which raised over £10,000 alone.


“Their fundraising has enabled so much and we just can’t thank the Friends enough,” Cath Errington, Fundraising Manager for Heart of England Mencap, said.


“Every penny goes straight to the people with learning disabilities that we support – funding everything from arts and crafts equipment to drama group costumes or iPads. It has enabled our customers to stage their own photo exhibitions and even to publish their own book, talking about their experiences.


“It funds discos, barbecues, day trips – really important social events for our customers with learning disabilities; things which really mean so much. Without the Friends, so much of this would just never happen.”


After four years the group also now has a new chair taking over from Karen – although she will remain an active member.


Anna Kingsley is the new chair. A member of the Friends and an experienced fundraiser herself – having done everything from a sponsored Zumba to a sponsored skydive to raise money for Heart of England Mencap and in memory of her son Theo who passed away in 2008, aged 6.


“Karen has done an incredible job setting up the Friends, getting members on board and organising some amazing events raising a really tremendous amount,” Anna said.


“I’m looking forward to stepping into her shoes – knowing she will be right there with us as we look to raise the next £20,000!


“It’s a great group to be part of – a great way to have fun with new friends knowing that everything you’re doing is really making a difference.”


The first fundraiser of 2018 is coming up on February 16th when the Friends host a Valentine’s Afternoon Tea at the Rosebird Community Hall in Stratford. Everyone is welcome to pop along between 2.30pm and 4.30pm for a cuppa and a cake – and to find out more about the group and getting involved too.


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


Photo: With a little help from their Friends – Karen Rousell, Wendy Strophair, Anna Kingsley, Yvonne Ferguson, Rachel Walker and Audrey Rose from the Friends of Heart of England Mencap

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