Bonnets and buns raise funds

(l-r) Ivy Lodge residents and staff Steven Bratley, Emma Knott, Julie Clarke, Claire Fisher, Sajida Hussain, and Tim Crawshaw (front) at a fundraising event for National Autistic Society. Picture: Andrew Roe
(l-r) Ivy Lodge residents and staff Steven Bratley, Emma Knott, Julie Clarke, Claire Fisher, Sajida Hussain, and Tim Crawshaw (front) at a fundraising event for National Autistic Society. Picture: Andrew Roe
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A BIG fun fundraiser at Thurnscoe attracted crowds and busloads, as the sun shone following a day of wind, sleet and rain.

It was the first time the Ivy Lodge centre for people with learning disabilities had staged a special day to raise cash for a national cause, but was timed to coincide with National Autism Awareness Week.

The response from both the community and other centres astonished organisers. Within an hour of opening at 11am, the meat for the hot sandwiches had sold out and people were flocking to buy the many other refreshments including a variety of Easter buns.

Emma Knott, a person-centred planning facilitator at Ivy Lodge, organised the event with help from activity co-ordinator Joe Skitt.

She explained: “We have a service user forum for people to talk about issues that affect people with learning disabilities, and many of those who use it said they would like a fundraiser of this sort.

“So we got busy and it was really a fantastic day. There were some wonderful Easter bonnets for the competition judged by a representative and a child from the National Autistic Society, and we hope to have raised well over £200.”

Along with all the Easter-themed food and costumes were games, a darts tournament, raffles and tombolas.

The next big event will be a well-being week at Ivy Lodge, that concentrates on highlighting and helping to dispel stigma that surrounds people with learning difficulties.