Sponsored Bike Ride / Walk / Push 2014

Our annual sponsored bike ride, walk and wheelchair push took place on Sunday 14th September along the Bath to Bitton cycle path, starting from the Bird in Hand pub in Saltford.

Cyclists chose to take part in the 5, 10 or 25 mile cycle, with those doing the 25 mile route having the option of taking the Bath Two Tunnels route.

The walkers and wheelchair enjoyed a 5 mile stroll to Bitton and back.

We had over 60 people take part on the day and the sun shone throughout. We had a lovely afternoon in the pub been garden enjoy a buffet lunch and a refreshing drink.

We are still collecting the sponsor money for this event but it looks like we will have raised over £3,000!

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Sponsored Sky Dive!

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On Sunday 14th September, 2 of our volunteers Mikey and Vicki, along with supporters from Harley Owner’s Group, took part in a sponsored Sky Dive.

They jumped from an aeroplane from 10,000 feet in the air, free fell for 30 seconds and then parachuted to the ground.

Mikey and Vicki, both volunteers at 18+ Club, raised £750 between them. What an amazing achievement!


Radstock Juniors Residential

In August, members of Radstock Juniors had an overnight residential trip to the YMCA Activity Centre in Botley, near Southampton.

The activity centre offers a range of outdoor pursuits and members took part in fire and den building, boat trip, canoeing and the zip wire.

The staff at the centre commented that they were really impressed with the groups enthusiasm to join in and for the first time ever, everyone had a go on the zip wire, which was a massive achievement.

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Lock Stock Fun Day

The charity family fun day hosted by the Lock Keeper pub in Keynsham took place on Sunday 17th August and we were chosen as their nominated charity.

The all day event consisted of live music, bouncy castle, face painting, children’s games and stalls and a fantastic raffle with some superb prizes.

We’re extremely grateful to the Lock Keeper and to everyone that came along on the day. We are delighted to announce the day raised £811.

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Hilton Staff Skydive

Staff from the Hilton hotel in Bath are taking part in a charity skydive and have selected us as their chosen charity.

The staff members, Maria Garcia and Antonio Coppolla are doing the jump in Swindon on the 5th October.

A very brave thing to do! If you would like to sponsor them you can do so here.

Sponsored Bike Ride and Walk

The annual sponsored bike ride and walk will be taking place on Sunday 14th September, from 9.30am.
As usual there is a choice of 5, 10 or 25 mile routes, starting from the Bird in Hand in Saltford, but new for this year the 25 mile cycle will incorporate the two tunnels in Bath.
Please contact the office now for your sponsorship form and information pack.
You can download a registration form here.

Complimentary lunch will be provided for participants at 1pm.

Volunteers Parachute Jump

Two of our volunteers are doing a sponsored parachute jump on Sunday 14th September to raise money for the Society.

Mikey and Vicki, who both volunteer at 18+ Club, will be jumping out of an aeroplane at Swindon air field.

You can sponsor them to take part in this amazing challenge here: https://www.justgiving.com/Mikey-Galaszia/

National Learning Disability Week 2014

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National Learning Disability Week was from 16th-22nd June 2014 and this year the theme was first experiences. Each day we featured a story from one of our members about their first day at school, their first job, first love, first time they voted and their first home. Thanks to Andrew, Dean, Katy, Steve, Jon and Hannah for taking part and sharing your story with us.

Read the stories here.

Keynsham Mencap FC Wins the League!

DSC_0458 (800x533)The Keynsham Mencap Society football team are celebrating after winning Division 2 of the disability football league. The team, made up of 16 people with Learning Disabilities, play in the Somerset FA Ability Counts League and play against other disability football teams across the South West.

The team played their final 4 matches at the fixture on 27th April at Strode College, winning 3 of their games to be crowned champions. The players were awarded a cup and medals during a presentation following the final match.

Only 6 weeks ago the team were awarded the Contribution to Inclusive Sports at the BANES Chair Sports Awards in recognition of the hard work the team have put in to making their club a success.

We are very proud of the players and very grateful to the coach and volunteers that support the club and make it all possible.

Direct Debit Competition

Runners Up!

Thank you to everyone that took the time to vote for us in the Direct Debit competition. We didn’t win the big prize but did win £100!
Cash prizes were given based on the number of votes, so thank you again to everyone.

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