By Heart of England Mencap, Sep 25 2017 09:46AM
MORE than 120 local people with learning disabilities gathered for a special ‘Carnival of Celebration’ on Monday (September 18th).
The event – which took place at Ettington Community Centre – was organised by Heart of England Mencap, welcoming its customers from all over Warwickshire and Worcestershire.
It was the biggest gathering ever hosted by the charity, which has multiple services to support people with learning disabilities, across Stratford, Shipston, Leamington, Southam, Warwick, Studley, Evesham and Malvern.
The carnival ran all day, with plenty of fun and games both indoors and out. There was a disco, live music, Escape Arts workshops, punch and judy show and jester, as well as giant inflatables and outdoor games, from the coconut shy to the tin can alley. A buffet and luxury ice creams were also served up.
The carnival was funded by money raised back in 2015 at Heart of England Mencap’s Hollywood Ball.
Helena Wallis, Chief Executive of Heart of England Mencap, said: “It was a really great day thoroughly enjoyed by everyone, customers and staff as well. We had an idea for a new annual celebration of our charity and all those who make it what is is, and our carnival was the result of that. It was a brilliant chance to bring a huge number of our customers from many different services in many different places together, to have some good old fashioned fun. We look forward to doing it again next year!”
1 – Soaking up the carnival sun – Yvonne Ferguson, Helena Wallis and Hayley Hemmings.
2 – Making masks with Escape Arts
3 – Enjoying the disco
4 – Customers and staff line-up for luxury ice creams