400 gather for ‘best ever’ summer fair

More than 400 guests enjoyed a full day of fun at our annual summer fair.

Individuals we support, as well as their friends and family from all over the country, came to the event, which was supported by local businesses and community groups.

A highlight of the year

With farm animals, welly wanging, face-painting and even a (planned) visit from a fire engine from Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue, the fair offered a packed programme of events and activities. There were also bouncy castles, a DJ, petting zoo and performances from the Home From Home Care band and choir… and not to mention karaoke!

Local catering businesses were also on hand to cook up the likes of fish and chips, gourmet burgers, pizza and more. Visitors could also try their hand at biscuit decorating, arts and crafts or enjoy a wide range of sensory items.

Held each year, our summer fair is inclusive through-and-through. The event is designed to appeal to family members of all ages and abilities so that everyone can spend time together with their loved ones and connect with others. It’s one of the highlights of our activities calendar and families travel from all over the country to attend.

As Linda, a parent of one of the individuals we support, said: “It’s great fun to come here…. We all come from all over and it’s great for us to mix and to meet, and our kids love it – it’s brilliant.”

“Goes to show what an inclusive society can look like”

Our Managing Director, Paul de Savary said:

“It’s fantastic to see the individuals and how they’ve been able to progress. For example, it’s been inspiring seeing a particular individual come to this event who once wouldn’t have been able or wouldn’t have wanted to come – and here he was wandering around with his three support workers and being able to socially integrate. It’s fantastic and a real testament to our brilliant staff. It just goes to show what a really inclusive society looks like.”

Locality Manager, Alex said:

“What I enjoy most about our summer fair is the great one team working to make a meaningful day for the individuals and hopefully for the families as well.”

Supported by the whole community

More than £730 was raised for the charity, Say Hello, through a raffle which was supported by 14 businesses from the local community. Say Hello helps adults with learning disabilities to overcome loneliness and social isolation by facilitating recreational and leisure activities within the community to help bring people together.

We’d like to extend our thanks to the 15 local businesses that donated raffle prizes, including:

Jump Inc Lincoln
Doddington Hall & Gardens
Carousel Lincoln
Butlins Skegness
Hawkens Gingerbread
Jubilee Park
Riseholme Gym
Frontline Combat
Lincs Bounce
Brookley Designs
Gelder Group
Rescue Refrigeration
Lincolnshire Carpet Warehouse
Maher Millard Construction.

We’d also like to thank our suppliers on the day, many of which went above and beyond to make the day so special:

Big Fat Pigeon
Cafe 2 U
Chandlers Farm Equipment
Coleby Village Hall Committee
Dack Motor Group
De Luca’s Ice Cream
Dough LoCo
Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue
Lincs Bounce
Tilly’s Garden Party Hire
Fat Eddie’s
Wycomb Pastures Mobile Petting Farm
Vic Group
DJ Bernie
Jolly Rogers Mobile Fish & Chips
Stuart Wilde Photography.

Lastly, the event wouldn’t have been what it was without the support of our 60 incredible event helpers – and our the amazing community of colleagues, individuals, their friends and families.

We can’t wait for our next summer fair in 2024!

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