A service supporting adults with learning disabilities in Cornwall to live the best life possible is marking a milestone anniversary with a Mad Hatter-themed garden party.
The service, which is run by learning disabilities charity Hft, is well known in Wadebridge for the annual event, which sees visitors, people supported at the service, and local suppliers coming together to enjoy food and activities in the grounds.
This year’s party is particularly special as it marks the 25th anniversary of Hft supporting adults with learning disabilities in Cornwall, so the service is pulling out all the stops to create a truly memorable day.
Stalls will be run by people supported at the service as well as by local businesses, and will include an ice-cream stand, a nail bar, bouncy castle, a tombola and a raffle. Mad Hatter-themed fancy dress is encouraged, with prizes being awarded to the best-dressed guests, while a mobile bar, live bands and workshops will also be on offer.
The garden party also marks the launch of the centre’s latest venture, a flower shop selling cuttings grown at the service’s polytunnel. Called The Hidden Gem, it will incorporate a tea garden where visitors can enjoy a cream tea while they browse the plants.
Hft Operations Manager Sue Chapman has been working at the centre for 23 years. She says the main reason behind the event is to open the service’s doors to the community. “This year we mark 25 years of supporting adults with learning disabilities to live the best life possible. The garden party is an opportunity for the public to join us and see all the good work we do, and be made to feel welcome in this amazing service. The people we support are part of the community too – they were born here, it’s their town. It’s a chance for everyone to get together and celebrate into the night!”
All proceeds from the event will go towards improving services for people with learning disabilities at the Resource Centre. In particular, they are hoping to buy a laptop which will be used by staff and people with autism who prefer to find a quiet space of their own to work. Also on the shopping list is a video camera for filming the centre’s drama productions, and a replacement cover for the polytunnel.
The annual Hft Cornwall Garden Party takes place on Wednesday 30 May from 11am till late. Entry costs £3 for an adult and £2 for children which can be purchased on the door.
Notes to editors
Hft is a national charity that creatively supports more than 2,200 adults with learning disabilities across England and Wales to live the best life possible. Services range from residential care to supporting people to live independently in their own homes – from a few hours a week to 24 hours a day. Hft also helps people with learning disabilities to take part in daily activities, make friends and develop relationships and to find work.
Established in 1962, Hft is funded in two ways: through local authorities, who fund vital support services, but also through donors, supporters and volunteers who enable us to find new ways to help more people to thrive rather than just get by.
For more information about Hft please visit www.hft.org.uk
Location: Hft Cornwall