Friday, 22 June 2018

Disabled enjoy barbecue and river trips

ABOUT 50 members of Mencap enjoyed a barbecue party at Upper Thames Rowing Club in Remenham.

ABOUT 50 members of Mencap enjoyed a barbecue party at Upper Thames Rowing Club in Remenham.

The event on Sunday afternoon was organised by the South Oxfordshire branch of the charity with help from the Henley Lions.

Visitors ate lunch on the banks of the Thames and were entertained by the five-piece Ken Fitt Band, from Caversham.

Group secretary Alan Howard took more than a dozen guests to Temple Island and back on his river launch. Lifejackets were provided by the Rivertime Boat Trust.

Melba Pitt, the branch’s honorary president, drew a raffle.

The main prize was a large stuffed toy dog called Benji, which was won by Linnie Connolly, from Henley. Other prizes included perfumes, jewellery and a stuffed toy elephant.

The Lions ran the barbecue and donated £200 to Mencap at the end.

Branch chairman Paul Barrett said: “Our barbecue is an annual event and I think this year’s weather is the best we’ve had for some years.

“Everybody had a great time. They were quite reluctant to leave at the end because they were having such a nice time in the sun.”

The branch, which has about 100 members, organises regular events for people in the Henley area with learning disabilities. It also runs the town’s weekly Meteor Club activity group and offers advice on a range of topics related to disability.

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