IT'S fair to say that we here at Carlisle Mencap are praying for a flaming June!
If some of the weekend papers are to be believed, forecasters are predicting a sizzling summer for us here in the UK - well let's hope so, because we have a feast of fundraising fun lined up which we hope will help swell the coffers of Carlisle Mencap.
So this blog is, unashamedly, a rallying cry to all Carlisle Mencap trustees, members, staff, supporters, their family and friends, their work colleagues, their second removed cousin's window cleaner, the general public, the world's population, to get involved in any which way they can to help us make the coming month a roaring success!
The focal point will be the weekend of June 15-16. This mark's the climax of the charity's 50th anniversary celebrations. Hot on its heels will be national Learning Disability Week 2019 in which we are heavily involved.
So eyes down, and here we go on what's happening - and how you can help/get involved!
1: Date & time - FRIDAY, JUNE 14. 7.30pm-9.30pm
Venue: Cumbrian Cheesecake Company Cafe, Infirmary Road, Carlisle CA2 7AN
Event: Carlisle Mencap Quiz Night
Details: Get your teams of two, three, four or five together - it costs just £2 per person - for the first of what we hope will be a series of fundraising quizzes at the cafe. General knowledge quiz suitable for people aged 16 and over. Raffle prizes, delicious individual cheesecakes available, plus teas, coffees, soft and alcoholic drinks. To book a table, call the cheesecake cafe on 01228 558992.
2: Date & time - SATURDAY, JUNE 15. 6.30pm-11.30pm
Venue: The Brickyard, Fisher Street, Carlisle, CA3 8RN
Event: Are You Experienced? Jimi Hendrix tribute band gig. Plus support from J Lewis
Details: We are thrilled to have Europe's top Jimi Hendrix tribute band playing a special gig for Carlisle Mencap at this popular venue. All the hits like Purple Haze, The Wind Cries Mary, All Along The Watchtower and many more. Great support too from Keswick-born J Lewis who has a wide range of influences from hip-hop to rock, folk to indie. Tickets available on the door but cheaper - £10 plus £1 booking fee - in advance from thebrickyardonline.com If you can spare sometime to help with stewarding on the night, get in touch! Free admittance to the gig if you do!
3: Date & time - SUNDAY, JUNE 16. 11am-5pm
Venue: Creighton Rugby Club, Sycamore Lane, Carlisle CA1 3SR
Event: Sponsored Bungee Jumps/Summer Fun Day
Details: People of all ages - around 50 in total but there's still time to register! - wil be doing sponsored bungee jumps from a 145ft crane! There will also be the chance for people to do Cage Rides to the top of the crane - but without having to do the jump! Plus stalls, refreshments etc. Again, if you can spare sometime to help on the day of what promises to be a busy and memorable occasion, please get in touch. And if you, or you know of somebody, who would like to have a stand/table on the day, tell them to contact me NOW! Admission to the event will be £5 with £2.50 concessions, service users and support workers get in free.
4: Date & time - SUNDAY, JUNE 23. 11am-3pm
Venue: Harraby Cycle Circuit/Sports Campus, Edgehill Road, Carlisle CA1 3PP
Events: Learning Disability Week Sports Day
Details: Mainstream and disabled people of all ages getting together for a few hours of sporting activities and fun including a 'Mile For Mencap' challenge on foot or bike around the new cycle track at Harraby. There will also be gym demonstrations. Once again, any offers of help on the day to make this event run smoothly will be gratefully received.
So there we have it! And those are just the events we've got finalised - there maybe more to follow!
As always, for more information, if you'd like a stand at the fun day, if you'd like to do a bungee jump, if you'd like to volunteer with helping out at any of these events, if you want to take part in the sports day, get in touch we me - PHIL TAYLOR - at:
01228 674393 or 07341 865382 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
* To enter the quiz, DON'T contact me - please call the cafe direct on 01228 558992.
* For tickets to The Brickyard concert - go to thebrickyardonline.com or seetickets.com
We look forward to people supporting these vital fundraising events - and they are sure to be a LOT of fun!