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Mayors Pride award for former service user
At a recent dinner
in St Albans our former service user, Freddie Latham, received the Mayors Pride Community Champion award for helping others.
Despite the challenges he faces he has proved to be an inspiration to many and has raised about £2,000 for charity in
the last six months. Freddie was very proud and happy to receive his award and gave a speech using his tablet saying thank
you to all the people who had sponsored him. He was even more thrilled when he received a standing ovation for his speech!
Freddie took up running with his Dad last year. Since then he has run the Herts 10k, St Albans Jingle Bell Jog and the
10k London Winterrun on a very cold day in February. He may not be the fastest but just keeps going. After finishing 3 seconds
ahead of his Dad on the Winterrun he now wants to run with ‘someone faster who I don’t have to push up as many
hills as Dad’.
He has already planned lots of other runs this year, including the
St Albans half marathon and says, ‘Not sure if we run or walk. Dad won’t keep up if we run’. His ambition
for next year; he is quite taken with the idea of the Paris marathon…..
When he does the half marathon on June 10th he will be raising money for Harpenden Mencap. He says ‘I have
had Stairways looking after me all these years and I want to help them’. If you would like to sponsor him he has a
JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/freddie-latham3
£6,000 raised for Harpenden Mencap at 7th
Annual Charity Golf Day
Harpenden Common Golf Club played host to the 7th Harpenden
Mencap Charity Golf Day on Friday 30th June when thousands of pounds were raised for Harpenden Mencap: a local charity supporting
local people with learning disabilities.
Ken Brown, former professional golfer and golf commentator and writer, and supporter
of Harpenden Mencap, sounded the Klaxon for the shotgun start as the golfers took part in the Stableford competition followed
by a meal, a raffle and an auction in the evening. This important fundraiser raised in excess of £6,000 towards providing
ongoing services to support local people with learning disabilities.
Anne Hignell, Trustee of Harpenden Mencap said: “We have worked hard to
raise the profile of Harpenden Mencap as a local charity helping local people with learning disabilities and our annual golf
day has become an important event in our fundraising programme. Our golfers are very generous and many have returned each
year to support our cause and for this we are very grateful, but we also welcomed many new golfers.”
Soulfish gig raises staggering £5,500 for
evening of Friday 6th November, the Harpenden Public Hall was alive to the sounds of Soulfish. This high
energy 10-piece soul band performed a fundraiser gig to raise money for local charity Harpenden Mencap. 2Tone also
performed and kicked off the evening.
The sum raised will go towards the replacement of Harpenden Mencap’s transport vehicles for service users.
Soulfish and 2Tone’s performance was electric and they didn’t disappoint the audience members, some who had travelled
from afar to support both the band and the charity.
Harpenden Mencap Trustee, Julie Caseberry, said, “Soulfish and Harpenden Mencap have a long
association, and we are very grateful to the band members for supporting our cause. The amount raised is incredible, and
we extend our thanks to not only Soulfish and 2Tone, but also the local community for coming along to support their local
charity, Harpenden Mencap.”
On Saturday 14th November the High Street Methodist Church was alive to the harmonious
sounds of music and delightful show of dance at our third annual Music Medley event.
Performers, who had given their time for free to help Harpenden Mencap raise valuable
Kings of Herts
The Dance Studio
School Jazz Band
was raised towards replacing our transport vehicles.
A huge thank you to everyone who took part and to all who attended the event.
Photo: Music Makers
Minister of State visits Harpenden Mencap
On the 6th of June we were very lucky to have the pleasure of the Minister of State for Care and Support, Mr
Norman Lamb MP, and his assistant private secretary, Edmund Hair, visit our supported living
flats at Pine Court, Carlton Road, Harpenden.
The Minister had a guided tour of the building and was very proudly shown a flat
by one of the tenants, Penny Kitching, who lives independently with support from staff. The Minister
was impressed with the building layout and the service Harpenden Mencap provides.
Faith & Light Special Celebration / Service of Blessing
On Sunday, 3rd March the monthly Faith & Light service at St
John’s Church in Harpenden was a Celebration and Service of Blessing for a new altar cloth that had been created by
the Dorcas Group at St John’s. The service was led by the Rt. Revd Paul Bayes, Bishop of Hertford.
of the service and altar cloth was: “The leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.” Regular
Faith & Light members had created paper leaves at earlier services which looked great in the processions at the service.
After the service tea was served in the church hall.
|Dragon Slayers with Karen Stafford (Director-Mencap), Nick Evans (Dragon) and Mr Thompson (Teacher)
Jenny stars in Harpenden Mencap video
Harpenden Mencap has contributed to a video as part of Learning Disability
Week. And the star of the video is our very own Jenny - seen on the right with Karen Stafford, Director of Stairways,
in a still from the video.
Click here to watch the video.
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