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Last month, Sheringham House, our residential service in Gravesend threw a garden party as part of Regard’s ‘Big Picnic Fortnight’ to raise money for YoungMinds.

Guy Page, Regard’s head of communications, said: “The ‘Big Picnic Fortnight’ is a great way for our staff teams, the people we support, friends and family to all get together and raise money for an amazing charity and to celebrate the work they do whilst also having fun.”

The garden party, which was organised by service manager, Mark and support worker, Amanda included a barbeque, face painting and a bouncy castle. Lots of friends and family joined in the fun.

Tickled Pink, an external theatre company came in to put on a musical production for everyone, this was really enjoyable and topped the day off perfectly.

Local businesses got involved by providing services and donating prizes for the raffle, it was a community and collaborative effort that had great results.

Mark arranged for there to also be wildlife at the party: there was an owl which everyone enjoyed stroking and there was also a bird of prey. Some of the people we support were brave enough to put a glove on and hold the birds.

The afternoon exceeded expectations and was a huge success for everyone at Sheringham House.

Eric Williams, who works in the benefits team at the Kingston office, came along to join in. Eric said: “It was really nice to see everyone running around and having such a great time!”

The afternoon raised a fantastic £200 for YoungMinds (which everyone is very proud of) and someone from the local press came by to take photographs and report on the day.

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Specialism: Adults with Learning disability, Mental Health and Autism and varying degrees of cognitive, physical, behavioural and emotional difficulties.Details of Vacancies: First floor ensuite