Last week Crescent Road, our supported living service in Manchester hosted an event as part of ‘Regard’s Big Picnic Fortnight’. All over the country the people who live or work at our services are coming together to take part in ‘Regard’s Big Picnic Fortnight’ and raise funds in support of YoungMinds, which we recently announced as our charity of the year.
They invited along staff and people we support from fellow Regard services Great Western Street, Delaunays Road, Lansdowne Road and Canal View. Nick Martin who works in the payroll department at the Kingston office also popped in for the afternoon to join in with the activities.
Rebekah Latimer, who leads the team said: “A fabulous day was had by all and there was lots of singing, dancing and happy faces”.
Everyone got involved in playing pin the tail on the donkey, as can be seen in the photographs. There was also a raffle with some great prizes.
The team prepared for the event by baking cakes, donating to the raffle and making decorations. On the day they sold burgers, hot dogs, drinks, cakes and crisps.
The people we support joined in on the day and got involved with decorations. They all donated by buying raffle tickets and purchasing food and drink.
Looking back on the success of the day Rebekah said: “Everyone had an absolutely fantastic day! We had a great turnout and staff were more than generous with their donations for the raffle and their hard work. It’s times like this where the Manchester staff all come together and shine as an amazing team. Seeing the people we support smiling and enjoying each other’s company is why we do what we do and love every minute of it. I am very proud of our team.” The Manchester team recently won an internal award at Regard for ‘Outstanding Team’.
Molly Robinson, Senior Support Worker in Manchester supported living said: “It was an enjoyable event for all. All of the people that we support that attended participated and helped with the preparation for the event. They were also more than willing to contribute their money knowing that all donations were for charity. The people who I have spoken to after the event all told me how much of a great day they had and want to know when the next one is. Overall, a brilliant day for a brilliant cause.”
The afternoon raised a total of £179.71 for YoungMinds which is excellent and everyone was really happy with the outcome.