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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, Aug 29 2017 08:30AM

LOCAL people with learning disabilities got the chance to compete in their very own sports day this week – thanks to a group of teenagers volunteering under the government scheme, the National Citizen Service.

The volunteers spent two days with the Stratford-based charity Heart of England Mencap this month, planning the big sports day, which happened at Stratford Leisure Centre on Wednesday (August 23rd.)

It saw customers from Pathway – Heart of England Mencap’s day activity service – competing against each other in a whole of morning of fun and games – from tennis to basketball.

Customers were also able to continue their metaphorical journey around the world as part of the national Mencap-funded Round The World Challenge - #RTWC – which sees them accrue ‘miles’ in return for hours of physical activity.

The national branch of the charity was represented on the day by Sports Engagement Officer Faye Dixey.
The national branch of the charity was represented on the day by Sports Engagement Officer Faye Dixey.

Commenting on the success of the sports day, Jake Thornton, Pathway Program Manager, said: “This is the second time we’ve were able to enjoy a sports days thanks to an NCS team and it was fantastic.

“Without the NCS volunteers, the Everyone Active Leisure Centre team and National Mencap’s funding, our customers would not have had the opportunity to experience new adapted sports, meet new people, make new friends and enjoy access to a healthier, more active life.”

Amy McCord, Senior Mentor for the NCS in Warwickshire added:

“We were delighted to once again be partnering with Heart of Engand Mencap.

"Volunteering with Pathway customers provided the young NCS volunteers with life experience they'd have struggled to find elsewhere and has seen them challenge themselves and their preconceptions.

“They were truly inspired by the kindness shown by the Mencap customers to each other and to us.

“The partnership has helped the young people break down barriers and gave them an opportunity to passionately channel their talents into social action.

“The benefit of holding these events not only effects those directly involved with Mencap but also the young people on the NCS programme - by working together we corrode boundaries that pigeon hole different people in society and build a more cohesive community for the future.”

Heart of England Mencap supports local people with learning disabilities, with services ranging from day activities to residential care, operating across Warwickshire and Worcestershire.


NCS volunteer Laura Baskerville with Heart of England customer Glen Merryfield

The NCS volunteers setting up for the parachute game

Heart of England Mencap customer Mo Potter

By Heart of England Mencap, Aug 18 2017 08:00AM

A GROUP of daring fundraisers are jumping for joy – having raised thousands of pounds by taking the plunge in a charity skydive.

The group of 5 raised funds for different charities – including Heart of England Mencap where 4 of them work.

Katie Berry, Cate Mahon, Becky Davies, Jenna Haycock and Trevor Boot all successfully completed their jump at Hinton Airfield in Brackley on Saturday (August 12th.)

Through sponsorship they raised £1,500 for Heart of England Mencap, £1,270 for Fibromyalgia Action UK, £500 for the MS Society and £300 for Joey’s Legacy Boxer Rescue.

It was a giant leap of faith for Becky Davies, Management Accountant for Heart of England Mencap, but one she’d be happy to repeat again.

“It went really well – I loved it,” she said.

“I was really nervous in the morning but when you sit there and watch everybody else jumping, you start to calm. Once we were in the plane that was it – there was no going back. We fell 8,000 feet in 43 seconds but it feels far more like floating than falling; an amazing experience and I would definitely do it again.”

“The team did an amazing job,” Cath Errington, Fundraising Manager for Heart of England Mencap, said.

“They have raised a really impressive amount for their chosen charities, including ours, and we are so grateful. They know just how much it will mean to our customers, enabling activities and equipment which just wouldn’t be possible without fundraising support like this.”

Heart of England Mencap supports around 200 local people with learning disabilities across Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

Jumping for joy – skydiving fundraiser Becky Davies takes the plunge with her instructor.


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