All over the country the people who live or work at supported living and residential services run by the Regard Group, the UK’s fourth largest private organisation providing for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injury, are coming together to take part in ‘Regard’s Big Picnic Fortnight’ and raise funds in support of YoungMinds, their recently announced charity of the year.
The organisation has a long history of charity fundraising, with staff and service users voting annually for a charity they wish to support. Regard matches every pound raised by the staff and service users with a pound from the corporate coffers. Last year over £7,000 was raised this way and donated to the charity MIND.
The chosen national charity for 2017, YoungMinds, the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young adults. Any money raised from Regard’s picnics and other events to be held throughout the year will go to further this important work.
Other fundraising events will be undertaken regionally all year long, featuring a huge variety of activities such as sponsored or fundraising barbecues, picnics, walks/runs, muddy obstacle courses, bake-offs, tombola’s, charity days and auctions.
Guy Page, Regard’s head of communications, said: “The ‘Big Picnic Fortnight’ is a great way for our staff teams, the people we support, friends and family to all get together and raise money for an amazing charity and to celebrate the work they do whilst also having fun.
“The picnics will see our services getting creative by running a number of fund-raising events and – importantly – having fun at the same time. It’s also a terrific way to promote community involvement for our service users.”
Activities at the picnics, which are being run nationwide from 4-18 August, will include running competitions, ‘pin the tail on the donkey’, lucky dips, egg and spoon race, face painting, board games, bake sales, tombola, raffles and a number of regional variations.