I’m writing to thank you for the phenomenal support and generous donations to Ryedale & District Mencap. I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of friends, colleagues and clients, and I’m delighted to announce that with everyone’s help, we have managed to raise over £13,000. These funds will be carefully used to impact those with disabilities in our local area. As an immediate direct impact, the charity has been able to increase the hours of Josey Hall (Activities Coordinator) in order to improve and expand the current services, and Ryedale Mencap will now be able to put on several events next year to raise awareness, find volunteers, and ultimately keep improving the lives of the people the charity works with.
I am quite conscious that we are all asked to donate/sponsor on a regular basis and it is not possible to help and support every request. With this in mind, I feel privileged to have such generosity and goodwill around me. Completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks was a wonderful experience, it was tough, a real challenge but I have to confess the weather was very kind. We started at 6.46am in the dark, some of my friends were quick off the mark as we broke into groups and some finished within 8.5 – 9.5 hours. Having hiked a further 3.5 miles uphill in the dark due to navigation mishap, I managed to complete the walk in 11 hours 53 minutes, just within the recommended 10 – 12 hours!
Once again thank you so much.