09 JUN 2018

Hundreds flock to charity summer fayre

Joined by Maidstone Mencap Vice President Helen Grant MP

Glorious weather blessed the day as hundreds of revellers participated in a huge range of stalls, activities and raffles at the Maidstone Mencap Summer Fayre in Mote Park.

Live entertainment was provided by Maidstone's JAG Dance Academy and the Vocademy School of Music amongst other acts. The Cobtree Scottish County Dancers performed their traditional dancing, as they do each and every year, and presented a cheque for £4,800 to Maidstone Mencap by way of their annual donation, raised from various events they run throughout the year. Remarkably to date they have raised over £150,000 across the many years they have been supporting Maidstone Mencap.

This year for the first time serving soldiers from the Queens Gurkha Regiment also attended to help set up the stands and also provide martial arts demonstrations to the crowds.

Local MP Helen Grant has been Vice President of Maidstone Mencap since 2010. Attending the fair this year Helen said 'I don't think I've ever seen it so busy here and that is such good news. Maidstone Mencap's summer fayre is a vital element of their ongoing fundraising programme and with annual costs ever pressing it was as important as ever that the event went well. I hear from the organisers that the attendance was the biggest ever and over £5700 was raised on the day through the stalls – over £1000 more than last year. It is easy to donate anytime by going to the Mencap website. I know they are also looking for volunteers. I urge anyone interested to make enquiries – the work is immensely rewarding'.

Mencap summer fayre organiser Lesley Rowbotham said 'Susannah Constant and I thoroughly enjoyed organising the fayre and are delighted that we made so much money. It is all worth it for such a fantastic charity. We are a local charity and get no funding from Royal Mencap. We can now start thinking about next year's event !'

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