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Mayors Pride

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’.


Freddie Latham

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




2017 Golf Day

£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. 

2017 Golf Day


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. 

Golf Day 2017


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.” 

Golf Day 2017



Soulfish perform at fundraising gig for Harpenden Mencap

Soulfish gig raises staggering £5,500 for Harpenden Mencap
On the 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.”

Music Makers 2015

Music Medley
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 funds, included:
Harpenden Light Operatic Society
Music Makers
Kings of Herts
The Dance Studio
St George’s School Jazz Band
Over £2,300 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

Norman Lamb visits Harpenden Mencap

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.

The theme 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.

The Dragon Slayers present Harpenden Mencap with £864
Dragon Slayers with Karen Stafford (Director-Mencap), Nick Evans (Dragon) and Mr Thompson (Teacher)
Harpenden Village Rotary Club
Jenny with Karen Stafford

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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