Watford Mencap raises money for Learning Disability Week

Watford Mencap would like to say a big thank you to all those who supported the events which took place as part of Learning Disability Week. The week was a great success, with a range of events being held in order to raise money and awareness, as well to celebrate our diamond jubilee year.

Learning Disability week was also especially important this year because it marked the launch of ‘Stand By Me’, Mencap’s national three-year campaign against learning disability hate crime, with a petition for the public to sign. On Monday, Watford Mencap’s fundraisers and volunteers operated a stall in the Harlequin, offering information about the petition and the opportunity to sign. This was very successful in raising awareness: many members of the public were shocked and appalled by the information provided and were quick to sign the petition.  Fundraisers and volunteers continued to gather public support throughout the week, handing out leaflets and collecting signatures in Rickmansworth. The petition was a huge success, with 605 signatures, and an impressive sum of £145 in total was raised through street collections.

On Tuesday, Community Support organised a strawberry cream tea party at Cheslyn Gardens. The event was very enjoyable for guests and organisers alike, and £280 was raised!

Thorpedale residents baked and sold cakes for a cake sale and tombola held on Friday, and managed to raise a staggering £265!

And finally, to celebrate 60 years of Watford Mencap, residents at Berrywood took part in a sponsored swim, swimming 60 lengths of William Penn Centre. In a similar fashion, Hand in Hand ran 60 laps at Watford Grammar School for Boys.

Posted on Friday, 1st July 2011