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Kind-hearted Penwith residents make charity Christmas party possible

By CMChloe  |  Posted: December 27, 2013

  • Kind-hearted Penwith residents make charity Christmas party possible

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The Cornish branch of a charity which supports people with learning difficulties were able to throw a Christmas party thanks to some generous Penwith residents.

Mencap West Cornwall had no budget for a Christmas party and relied solely on donations from members of the public to put on the event for charity users and their families at Hayle Rugby Club.

Following a radio appeal from the charity, local people came forward to donate raffle prizes, Christmas decorations and a DJ offered his services free of charge.

Holly Hobson, area administrator for the west Cornwall branch, said inclusion is an important part of Mencap strategy which is why they were keen to get the community involved.

She added: “The night was a massive success and about 80 people attended, each person we support managed to get a raffle prize and luckily there was plenty of food for everyone. We all danced and chatted the night away until 10pm. We have had fantastic feedback from the families saying how lovely it was that everyone we support could all be together and it also gave them a chance to meet other families.”

The charity would like to thank Hayle Rugby Club, Mike Blyth 'Right on track' DJ, Julian Foye, Co-op, Lidl, Tesco, M&S, Paradise Park, Bookers, Tregenna Castle and the Fire House as well as all the generous members of the public who donated items.

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