16 NOV 2015

Vice Presidents visit Maidstone Mencap


MP Helen Grant visited a playgroup session at Maidstone Mencap in Cobtree Hall recently to meet with President Andrew Wellsand Trustees. She was joined by her fellow Vice Presidents Tom Tugendhat MP, Helen Whately MP & Pat Wilmshurst.

Maidstone Mencap aim to make a positive difference to the lives of all with learning disabilities, their families and carers within Maidstone and the surrounding areas. The Vice Presidents heard about the fundraising challenges that are facing Mencap at the moment, with work urgently needed for the roof at Cobtree Hall. They also helped with playgroup for the children with learning difficulties in attendance.

Helen Grant MP, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald said "I am a regular visitor to Maidstone Mencap and it is always a pleasure to meet and talk with the dedicated volunteers. The enjoyment gained by those who attend their sessions is clear to see. It's a fun, happy and relaxed environment. I hope our efforts for fundraising can see that continue."

Tom Tugendhat MBE MP, Member of Parliament for Tonbridge, Edenbridge and Malling said "I am honoured to be a Vice President of Maidstone Mencap. Cobtree Hall has an inspirational team of staff and volunteers supporting kids, carers and families by providing learning and much needed respite. But the building is in need of work and I am going to do what I can to help raise the money to ensure that their dedicated service to our community can continue. More volunteers would also be welcome - particularly minibus drivers."

Helen Whately MP, Member of Parliament for Faversham and Mid Kent said "It was a privilege to visit Maidstone Mencap and see the amazing things they do for people with learning disabilities and their families. I met lots of volunteers and heard about how they help children develop and give carers some much-needed respite. There are great services there for teenagers and adults too. Although it's a fantastic facility, with lots of support from the community, the building badly needs repair. I'll be supporting the charity in its quest to raise the £100,000 it needs so that it continues its inspirational work."

Mrs Grant echoed the comments of her colleagues in offering support to raise money for desperately needed repairs, when speaking to Trustees. It is hoped that the local communities around Maidstone can group together to support this wonderful initiative. 

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