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Fund Raising
We constantly seek funding for our projects. If you feel you would like to donate money then please feel free to do so and be sure to inform us if you would like it gift aided so we can claim the tax back.
Please send your DONATIONS OR PLEDGES to IPSWICH MENCAP, 537 NORWICH ROAD, IPSWICH, SUFFOLK IP1 6JT or go to www.justgiving.com You can donate safely on line and remember to gift aid your donation.

April 2013
Appeal launched to raise £26,000 for a new wheelchair adapted vehicle for use at both Burgess House and the Bungalow. At the same time an appeal went out to local companies to sponsor the refurbishment of both properties.

May 2013
The Darts League donate £10,000 to pay for new windows to be installed at Burgess House.

July 2013
Huge fun day at Burgess House was hailed a great success.

July 2013
Jonathan Waters estate agent celebrated 21 years in business by donating £2,100 to Ipswich Mencap’s vehicle appeal fund.

Two M’s

Ipswich Mencap’s Two M’s social club goes from strength to strength. If you are interested in coming along and joining in the activities or to see what we do then its 6 – 9pm on Tuesday evening at Rushmere Community Hub, Humberdoucy Lane.

Admission subs are £3 plus raffle if required. For more information contact Barbara 07766 103563

Burgess House and The Bungalow

Since the partnership with Leading Lives began almost three years ago both Burgess House and The Bungalow at Kesgrave have really blossomed into great places to be. Respite care is the focus in a home from home atmosphere. For more information contact the manager Tracey Markwell at Leading Lives Ipswich.

The money has now been raised to purchase the adapted wheelchair accessible vehicle. This will be ordered shortly and the keys handed over to the manager Milly Gaskin.

In May 2014 we officially launched our appeal to raise the funds to

replace the rest of the windows at Burgess house. Health & Safety inspections have said the windows are in a very delicate state and will eventually need replacing. Hopefully we can raise the £13,500 needed by the end of 2014.

May 2015
We raised sufficient funds to replace all the windows to the rear of Burgess House and with a donations from the darts league also added and awning to the back of the sunshine room (40 plus).

In addition to this we added a new kitchen to The Bungalow which was long overdue and looks lovely now it’s completed. We would say a big thank you to Kenny Rudder, kitchen fitter for a job well done.

May 2016
We have decided that this year we will replace all the soffits/gutters around Burgess House. This is a job that needs doing and once completed it will be the end of all the major improvements for the moment.

It is agreed that the money from this season darts collections will go towards doing this work.

March 2017

Ipswich Mencap launched their campaign to Sponsor A Brick.

With times changing rapidly the society recognises they need to move forward if we want to continue our support to our members and the wider community.

Ipswich Mencap launched their sponsor a brick campaign to raise money for a new low level access building to replace the present property Burgess House.

In total around £1m is required to achieve the goal.

The present building is old and whilst lovely and will always have a special place in our hearts but is no longer fit for purpose. There is no lift and no en suite bathrooms. The corridors are narrow and winding which are not really suitable for the larger wheelchairs.

The building is an old Victorian property which has had extensive refurbishments over many years but we have exhausted the possibilities of doing more,

The new build would be more like a hotel with easier access, en suite rooms and a wider variety of choice of things to do and will be on one level. It will be a place where people will want to return.

We are asking people and local companies to please sponsor a brick to help us achieve our goal. To help us get this up and running within the next eighteen (18) months. We need to continue the vital support offered to the many people and families we do at present whilst encouraging new ones along.

People who sponsor will have their names on a roll of honour which will be placed somewhere within the building. The exact place will be decided nearer completion.

Donating is easy and you can do so by pressing the donate button on the introductory page of this web site. Or by adding your name to the sponsor forms around the town and with our committee or by sending a cheque to Ipswich Mencap. Burgess House 236 Felixstowe Road IP3 9AD

March 2017

Looking to the future it is very clear that our original contracts with Suffolk County Council for Burgess House and The Bungalow will soon be coming to an end and we have some tough decisions ahead of us.

For the last five years SCC have sublet under the contract to Leading Lives so after many discussions it seems very appropriate that we look to going into some form of partnership agreement with Leading Lives to continue to run the service.

This is very early stages of discussion at the present time but we will keep you posted as and when things progress to a formal stage.

In June 2018 the contract for the short break service at The Bungalow Kesgrave came to an end. The service hadbeen sublet by Suffolk County Council and run by Leading Lives.

A new organisation ‘Homegroup’ also sublet through SCC has taken over the urgent respite care. This is for young people with learning disabilities incorporating mental health.

Before starting the service SCC did a vast amount of work to improve the building, it now looks fabulous.

At this point in time no partnership has been agreed to run    the short break service in the future we obviously we are open to offers and suggestions.

Burgess House run by Leading Lives will continue for the foreseeable future.

Sponsor a Brick

The sponsor a brick campaign is very slow and with a lack of support from the community we do worry if we will ever be able to achieve our goal.

The Trustees and Committee are still pushing forward with the idea but of course we would like your ideas and feedback.

If there is any building firm who is prepared to sponsor us to undertake the work whilst money is still being raised it would be wonderful. Please do contact me via the enquiry page.