East Kent Mencap launches Spring Forward Challenge 

Lucy is doing a dancing challenge for the campaign

Charity East Kent Mencap, which has venues in Margate and Ramsgate, is taking action this Spring to raise money to support people with a learning disability.

Funding is being raised for new resources for its groups, including cooking, fitness and sensory equipment. As it is East Kent Mencap’s 75th anniversary the charity has ambitious plans to make the campaign even bigger and more fun for everyone involved.

People with a learning disability who use East Kent Mencap’s services came up with the idea for the Spring Forward Challenge, which encourages everyone to choose an activity or try a new project. All challenges are unique, to recognise and celebrate individuality, and will help everyone to learn new skills and grow in confidence. The challenge is not just for people with a learning disability, supporters can take up the Spring Forward Challenge too.

The Spring Forward Challenge started yesterday (April 1) and will continue throughout the month. Already there are a host of challenges including: learning a new dance routine, knitting a patchwork, making a tapestry, completing a puzzle and a variety of impressive walking and cycling challenges.

Kathy has a walking challenge

Kathy shared her inspiring challenge: “For my Spring Forward Challenge I am walking over 5km around parks in London. I am really looking forward to it.”

Member, Sam, went on to explain her creative challenge: “I am making a rug out of pom poms for my Spring Forward Challenge to raise money for East Kent Mencap. I have already made a start!”

Sam is making a pom pom rug

East Kent Mencap CEO, Jason Gerlack, said: “Our Spring Forward Challenge puts people with a learning disability in the driving seat to make their own choices and set their own goals. At East Kent Mencap we work with individuals to understand what is important to them, so they can achieve what they want out of life, through choice, support, and opportunity.”

Thanks to the success of last year’s Spring Forward Challenge, the charity was able to deliver new activities and resources. The money made an incredible difference to the opportunities offered to people with a learning disability. The fundraising target this year is £3,000 and every penny will go towards funding resources and equipment.

David undertakes a cycling challenge

Jason added: “We’re hoping that as many people as possible take up the Spring Forward Challenge, it will make such a difference to East Kent Mencap. Thanks in advance for any support, no matter how big or small, it is all very much appreciated.”

If you would like to take part in the Spring Forward Challenge download the ‘Taking Part Pack’ at www.eastkentmencap.co.uk/support/spring-forward-challenge-2023.

To support by donating go to www.gofundme.com/f/spring-forward-2023.

You can also purchase a colourful supporters t-shirt, designed by the East Kent Mencap Members Committee at www.redlineclothing.co.uk