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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, Jan 26 2016 11:45AM

‘GROWING their own’ will be a wish come true for the residents of Rosedale in Shipston this year - thanks to the green-fingers of the Stour Valley Lions.

Rosedale is a supported living development run by Heart of England Mencap for local people with learning disabilities.

Since 2014, Rosedale’s residents have been working towards creating an area at their home where they would be able to grow their own vegetables and shrubs. Over Christmas their ambitions were finally realised when the Stour Valley Lions dug in to help, donating their funds and their time to help create raised beds and a special herb path.

The project was jointly funded by the Stour Valley Lions and Heart of England Mencap – with the Lions kindly donating £850 as well as a team of green-fingered volunteers.

Julia Furniss, Rosedale’s Manager, said: “We owe a big thank you to the Stour Valley Lions and to the garden builder Martin Goodman for all of their help in making the project possible. Our residents can’t wait to get stuck in growing their own.”

Lions David Freer, Pauline Morley and Lion President David Squires, with Rosedale’s Service Manager Julia Furniss and residents Janet Hale, Malcolm Smith, Kevin Ward and Richard Knights.


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