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Last month, Clareville, our residential service in Caterham threw a picnic as part of ‘Regard’s Big Picnic Fortnight’ to raise money for our chosen charity of the year, YoungMinds.

YoungMinds, is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young adults.

The service had a candy floss machine, which everyone enjoyed very much. Everyone also wore their own ‘candy floss wigs’ for fun.

There was a variety of different activities throughout the afternoon including garden games such as a sack race, an egg and spoons race and soak the staff with wet sponges.

The afternoon was attended by staff and the people we support, their family members and a few other familiar faces from within Regard. Anita Thompson and Zara Drewett from the Kingston office came for the events. Zara said: “It was so much fun! It was lovely to meet the staff at Clareville, the people we support and their families. Everyone joined in with the games and it was great to have a mixture of people. It was such a nice warm vibe and the cakes were great too.”

The service also held a cake and sweets sale to make some additional money for the charity.

The afternoon was a huge success with everyone who attending saying that they had a great time. The events raised a great total of £181.60, which has contributed to a total of more than £4000 raised so far this year for YoungMinds.

Service Manager Hannah said: “All the Clareville staff helped with the picnic, whether it was baking cakes, donating wine for the ‘Turn Water into Wine’ game, letting themselves be a wet sponge target or coming in on their day off to help out. However the chief organiser was Support Worker Jeanette Coote who really threw herself into arranging the fun, even roping in her daughter to help out. My team particularly enjoyed introducing staff from the Kingston office to the people we support. As you can see form the pictures, everyone had such fun playing the games and enjoying the treats. We can’t wait to have another fun day to raise money for charity.”

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Clareville is a registered residential home for adults with autism and learning disabilities who may present additional complex needs. The manager is a Surrey Autism