THE GARDENS of a day centre for people with complex needs will be transformed, thanks to a team of volunteers as part of a corporate community day and to a donation from Tesco.
On Thursday (June 7th), a team from Santander spent the day working at the Fordsfield Centre in Bury Road, Leamington, a service run by Heart of England Mencap.
 
They dug in deep to start transforming the outside space for the people with complex learning disabilities that Fordsfield supports; landscaping and making a start on a new butterfly garden.
 
Later in the summer, it will be planted and finished, using money raised through the recent Tesco Bags of Help collection in stores across Leamington.
 
The garden will be full of wild flowers to attract butterflies, bees and other insects.
 
“It’s going to be a really valuable sensory space for the people with complex physical and learning disabilities that we support at Fordsfield,” Helena Wallis, Chief Executive at Heart of England Mencap, said.
 
“It would never have been possible without the donation from Tesco and the hard work of this volunteer team from Santander and we are so grateful for their support. To a small charity like ours, it makes a huge difference.”
 
Heart of England Mencap supports individuals with learning disabilities, working across Warwickshire and Worcestershire. Services range from day activities to residential care, with supported living, short breaks, respite and outreach also a key part of the charity’s work.
 
For more information call 01789 298709 or go online at www.heartofenglandmencap.org.uk
 
Photo: Digging in deep – (at the front) Graham Barclay and Magda Gacek from Santander, with Cath Errington, Fundraising Manager for Heart of England Mencap. (In the background are the rest of Santander volunteer team with Lorna Haynes, Head of Community Day Services for Heart of England Mencap, support worker Joe Rolls and Mencap customer Charlene Haywood.)

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