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We would like to say a massive thanks to the incredible Mencap Marvels for raising more than £35,000 to help us support people with a learning disability. 🙏

The final team from Beech Hall School, Macclesfield have completed their cross-channel swim challenge, taking on tough conditions and icy temperatures! 🏊‍♀️

Challenge organiser Nikki Pope has set her sights on raising £100,000 for Mencap, inspired by her nephew, Zach, who receives weekly volunteer support from us, described as "vital for the whole family." 🤗

Nikki is on the lookout for people interested in joining The Mencap Marvels squad over the next two years, so if you’ve been inspired by the squad and would like to know more about taking on a cross channel swim, please get in touch find out how you could join the amazing Marvels! 😀

You can also show your support for the Marvel's achievement here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MencapMarvelsBeechHall 👈

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"It matters a lot... To show who I am, where I come from. It's important." 💬

Learning disability campaigner and activist Brendan spoke to us this week about the importance of Black History Month and what it means to him. 🗣

"You cannot forget where you come from" he says. ❤

See more of Brendan's thoughts here. 👇


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Great effort by Ercall Academy in Telford to help raise funds for our friends at New Forest Mencap. 👍

They collected over 36,000 plastic bottle tops which will be sold and recycled.  🤩

We wonder how many pints of milk would that work out to be...? 🥛

Before we get our calculators out, we wanted to say thanks to Ercall Academy for supporting people with a learning disability. 🙂

Top that!

When staff at a Telford secondary school set up a recycling challenge to collect leftover bottle tops, they had no idea just how much it would escalate.

Ercall Wood Academy in Wellington has now collected a staggering 36,000 bottle tops which are being used to help raise funds for learning disability charity Mencap.

Pupils, staff, parents and several local businesses have embraced the campaign, and the huge pile of bottle tops – which can be converted into cash for charity - are due to be handed over later this month.

The campaign started shortly before lockdown when Ercall Wood took delivery of a 7ft hollowed-out metal giraffe from the British Ironwork Centre in Oswestry and challenged pupils to fill it with bottle tops.

Mary Jennings, the school’s Head of Ethics, said: “The project was part of our Ethics Studies, considering our role in the world and thinking about environmental issues recycling.

"Collecting bottle tops was a practical way to demonstrate our concern and do something positive as well – but the way it has just snowballed since then has been absolutely amazing.

“In April we had collected about 6,000 and put a barometer outside the classroom with a target of 20,000 on it. Never for a moment did I think we would reach that target, let alone smash it to pieces.

“It’s been a huge community effort, involving students, parents, teachers, cleaners, dinner ladies, plus a number of ex-students, local businesses too including Morrisons. Everyone has got behind it and worked together to achieve something


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"Rishi Sunak, my care cannot wait.” 💬

Millions of people - including those with a learning disability like Saskia and Brendan in this video - have waited long enough for properly funded social care. 😔

Waiting another three years for the government increase social care funding is unacceptable. 🙅‍♀️

But #DoesRishiReallyCare enough to stop the delay?

Sign the petition: DoesRishiReallyCare.com/Mencap 👈


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Not only are we celebrating Lá na Cruite with Harp Ireland today but we're also joining our friends at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in highlighting World Food Day!🎵 🥑

With that, we just have to share our favourite Food Heros song with you again which was superbly written and produced by our Musician Educator, GMCBeats of The Kabin Studio Cork and Music Generation Cork City and performed by children in China, Cameroon, Armenia, Chile, Lebanon and Ireland! 

6️⃣ Countries 6️⃣ Languages
1️⃣ Song 1️⃣ Message 

Be a Food Hero and go check it out: https://bit.ly/2YNKP58


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