Hft | Mayor’s tea party raises vital funds for adults with learning disabilities

2021-08-31 16:06:28

The Mayor of Bognor Regis and his wife have raised more than £1,000 for learning disabilities charity Hft, after hosting a tea party and open garden event at their home.

It was Steve and Andrea Goodheart’s first fundraising event for Hft, which is one of the Mayor’s chosen charities for the year. They chose the cause because Andrea’s sister, Estelle, is supported by Hft and lives at a service in West Sussex.

More than 60 people stopped by to enjoy the nation’s favourite brew at the couple’s home throughout the day on Sunday (July 25th). Guests also had the opportunity to buy plants and enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake. The event was run with the help of several volunteers, including Estelle, who made a chocolate cake to sell and helped out on the day with serving tea and cake.

Andrea said she was delighted with how the event went despite the weather:

“We have never held an event like this before and it was unfortunate that it rained for the whole day, but the visitors all had smiles on their faces and enjoyed the garden for much longer than I had anticipated, particularly considering the elements. We felt it was a resounding success and while we still expect to sell a few more plants we are expecting to raise more than £1,000 which has simply amazed us all.”

Funds from the day will be used to support Hft which supports adults with learning disabilities across England and Wales to live the best life possible. Locally, services range from residential care and day opportunities to supported living at home – from a few hours a week to 24 hours a day.

Emma McDonald, Fundraising Manager at Hft, said:

“We are really grateful to Steve and Andrea for opening up their garden. This past year has shown how important it is to be able to spend time socialising with friends and family. This was the perfect opportunity to enjoy time outdoors in a beautiful setting while raising money for a great cause at the same time.”

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For further information please phone 0117 906 1697 or email media.enquiries@hft.org.uk.

About Hft

Hft is a national charity supporting more than 2,200 adults with learning disabilities across England and Wales to live the best life possible. Established in 1962, the charity uses its own unique Fusion Model to consistently deliver high quality, person-centred support across all its services. 

Services range from supported living to residential care – 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.

For more information about Hft please visit www.hft.org.uk

Information about learning disabilities

A learning disability can be mild, moderate, severe or profound and is defined as having a reduced ability to:

  • Understand new or complex information
  • Learn new skills
  • Live independently

For more information about learning disabilities, please visit www.hft.org.uk/resources-and-guidance

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