East Kent Mencap celebrates 75th anniversary with cake, plaque and tree planting in Ramsgate

Natalie, Amy, Natasha, Stephen Fenning, Mayor of Ramsgate, Jason Gerlack CEO, Neil

East Kent Mencap has celebrated a significant milestone today (March 28), as it marked 75 years of supporting people with a learning disability.

The event took place at Foresters Hall in Ramsgate, where some 50 guests gathered to celebrate the organisation’s achievements.

Mayor of Ramsgate, Cllr Pat Moore, planted a cherry tree in the Ramsgate Hub garden, generously funded by Ramsgate Town Council, and unveiled a commemorative plaque.

The Mayor acknowledged the valuable contributions of East Kent Mencap to its local community, saying: “I am honoured to unveil this plaque and plant this tree today to celebrate 75 years of East Kent Mencap and all the excellent work they do supporting people with a learning disability.”

The Mayor of Ramsgate & CEO Jason Gerlack

A highlight of the celebration was the cutting of the 75th anniversary cake by Cllr Moore and East Kent Mencap CEO Jason Gerlack.

Natalie, who uses East Kent Mencap services, said, “It is great to see so many people at the celebration today.”

Among the guests was Stephen Fenning, Grants Ambassador from Colyer Fergusson Charitable Trust, whose incredible donation of £150,000 has ensured essential renovations were carried out at East Kent Mencap’s listed building Foresters Hall, including restoring the roof and the installation of new accessible toilets.

The GOLD (Getting On With Learning Difficulties) group demonstrated their thanks to East Kent Mencap by volunteering their time, warmly welcoming guests and serving refreshments, donated by Tesco Manston, throughout the celebration.

Michael Roberts (Trustee), Mayor of Ramsgate, Natalie, Bridget Crow (Trustee), & Jason Gerlack (CEO)

Jason Gerlack said: “We are very grateful for the kindness and support shown to East Kent Mencap. Thank you for joining us as we celebrate this significant milestone in our history.

“The charity remains fully committed to building upon its 75-year legacy and our mission to provide opportunities for people with a learning disability so that they can achieve the things they want out of life.”

For more information about East Kent Mencap or to access support for individuals with learning disabilities,  visit www.eastkentmencap.co.uk.