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Once again the girls were out doing the raft race. Whilst the trial run was not a huge success it did go well on the day with the girls coming third place for best effort. A good initiative for 2017 I think.
Also in July Ron Daley decided to hang up his boots after participating in the Orwell Walk for forty (40) years and raising thousands of pounds for the charity. Well Done Ron you have certainly earned your retirement.
Sadly we heard from Royal Mencap that our Regional Engagement Officer Philip Hetherington has decided to leave for pastures new. Its been great having Philip come along to meetings and I am sure he will be missed by the many people he has met along the way. Good Luck Philip in you new career path.
With help from the darts league we have installed two specialist wheelchair adapted hand basins at Burgess House. These will give dignity to all wheelchairs users.
We finally finished installing the rest of the windows at Burgess House. It makes a huge difference to heating within the rooms and will no doubt cut down on fuel bills. A job well done I think.
In addition to this we installed a new fitted kitchen at The Bungalow. This has made a vast improvement to space and storage and looks lovely.
Also installed was an awning outside 40+, The Sunshine room. By adding this it has enabled the guests to sit outside comfortably without the risk of getting sun burn.
Ipswich Mencap handed over the keys for the new wheelchair adapted mini bus for use at Burgess House and the Bungalow. A Huge thank you to everyone who made this possible and who kindly made donations towards it. I am sure it will get lots of use.
Leading Lives celebrated their first year as a new organisation with a ‘Glamping Night’ which was a huge success.
Ipswich Mencap did their first ever ‘fun day’ at Burgess House. There was a fantastic turn out of people and it was hailed a huge success.
Jonathan Waters Estate Agents
Jonathan Waters Estate Agents celebrated 21 years in business and decided to donate £2,100 to the fund. A cheque was handed over in July 2013.
Some of the staff at Burgess House decided to do the raft race at Needham Lakes and although not a great success they did manage to raise £636 for the vehicle fund.
The Darts League handed a cheque to the society for £10,000 to pay for new windows to be installed at the front of Burgess House.
We launched an appeal to raise funds for a wheelchair adapted vehicle for the use at both Burgess House and The Bungalow.
Regular coffee mornings are held to help the funds.
Ipswich Mencap launched an appeal to buy a new van. Darts league donated £12,000 and Suffolk Foundation’s AXA fund just under £2,000. The van was purchased and is proving to be vital in the charities work.
Ipswich Mencap went into partnership with Leading Lives a new provident enterprise after social services divested services.