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Enrych comedy show raises £3,500
Some of the UK’s biggest touring comedians and TV favourites performed at the ‘Enrych in Stitches’ comedy fundraiser earlier this month raising £3,500 for Enrych.
Phill Jupitus, Marcus Brigstocke, Angela Barnes and Francesca Martinez entertained a packed audience on 9th June in Birmingham.
Enrych patron, Graeme Garden OBE, best known for the 70s comedy show ‘The Goodies’, was behind the event and had personally invited the household names to take part.
Graeme said: “We were thrilled to have had such a stellar line-up generously giving their time to raise lots of laughs, and funds, for a great cause.
“Marcus did a magnificent job of steering the ship as compere, and my fellow patron, Francesca, inspired the crowd with her humorous reflections on growing up with a disability. Phill treated us to one of his rare poetry sets and Angela closed the show superbly.”
Francesca was officially announced as an Enrych patron to an audience of 170 comedy lovers, who during the course of the night dug deep to raise £450 through raffle ticket sales.
Operating across the region, Enrych supports 1,500 disabled people each year to enjoy active and independent lives. The comedy show was the highlight of the charity’s 30th anniversary celebrations and the funds raised will go towards Enrych’s volunteer partnership service which helps overcome the social isolation that many people experience as a result of their disability.
Gina King, Chief Executive of Enrych, said:
“Simple pleasures in life and every day activities or pastimes such as the cinema, going to the football, day trips or baking a cake can be a real struggle for some of our members. By matching them with a volunteer partner who shares the same interests, we can make the world of difference to the health, wellbeing and quality of life of disabled people.”
Alongside the volunteer partnerships, Enrych is planning to expand its personal assistant service, Enrych Assist, for individuals who want to live more independently with regular support for day-to-day tasks such as household jobs, going to appointments or attending a college course.
“At a time when disabled people, and their carers, are struggling to cope with cuts to benefits and other provision, there is a huge demand for our services,” added Gina.
“The comedy night was a fantastic opportunity for us to celebrate our 30th year, reach a new audience of potential volunteers and enrich more lives.”
View all the photos here: Enrych in Stitches Comedy Night Photos
Thank you to Graeme, our acts, and volunteers on the night, especially Richard Raynor who took the fabulous photographs.
Do you enjoy a stroll around the park in Swindon?
We have 2 lovely ladies with visual impairments and some mobility issues who need a volunteer once or twice a month to spare an hour to accompany them for a walk around the local parks in Old Town, Swindon. They enjoy a chat and fresh air but are not confident to do this on their own. If you would like an excuse to get out and have a cup of tea, a chat and enjoy our parks then please get in touch with Jo Heaven, Enrych Project Co-ordinator on 07771804365 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Enrych at Swindon Fun Weekend
Enrych will be one of the charities to benefit from the Swindon Fun Weekend. We will be hosting the Market Place on Sunday 17 July between 11am – 5pm. Come and say hello – find us at the Polo Ground, Marlborough Road. If you would like a stall contact Jo Heaven on 07771804365 or email Joanna.email@example.com
BBQ at Lydiard Park for Swindon Enrych
A big thank you in advance to the interns at Research Council UK who are hosting a BBQ for our members and volunteers. It will be held at Lydiard Park on Wednesday 27 July between 12 – 2pm. Please bring a dish of food to share and your own seating. Confirm your attendance with Jo on 07771804365 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Buckinghamshire Newsletter Summer 2016
Please take a look at our Summer newsletter with information on our upcoming events, funding updates and some exciting news from our Co-ordinator, Jenny!
Enrychers in Pictures – volunteer Elaine
We asked our teams around the country to nominate people in Enrych who had made a real difference to other people’s live. ‘Enrycher’ Awards were presented at our recent national Enrych Day
Our first Enrycher Award winner is Elaine, a volunteer from Enrych Oxfordshire.
She was nominated because “Elaine has been visiting Eve for a couple of years now and their friendship has gone from strength to strength. Elaine makes a real effort to help Eve feel part of Enrych. Another example of how volunteering is a two way process and can lead to genuine friendships that we would be lost without.”
Pictured here is Oxford co-ordinator Lucy receiving the award on Elaine’s behalf from founding CEO Sylvia Wear.
Friends reunite through Enrych Bucks – looking beyond disability
A partnership from Enrych Bucks featured in a recent article by one of our funders, Heart of Bucks. Cliff was referred to Enrych Bucks in February with a view to getting him back into attending dog agility shows. Read more about their story here: http://heartofbucks.org/friends-reunite-enrych-bucks/
Enrych Comedy Fundraiser – 9th June, Bham
Enrych in Stitches is back!
9th June 2016, The Glee Club, Birmingham, 18.45 til late
Tickets: £19.50 (£15 concession) plus £1.25 booking fee
We are thrilled to be working with Enrych patron, Graeme Garden OBE, once again to stage our third ‘Enrych in Stitches’ comedy fundraiser to mark our 30th birthday. Graeme has brought together an impressive line-up of top class performers who are all generously giving their time for free.
Marcus Brigstocke, Angela Barnes, Phill Jupitus & Francesca Martinez will all be performing.
Tickets can be purchased at The Glee Club Box Office. We have reserved a number of concession priced tickets for sale to Enrych members, clients and staff. Please for the discount code.
Please help spread the word about the show to friends and family. Tweet and post on social media using the hashtag #EnrychinStitches
The perfect way to start your weekend early and see some comedy favourites come together for one night only.
It’s going to be a fun night. Hope to see you there!
For more information about the show contact:
Remembering Patsy Wright-Warren
Patsy Wright-Warren CBE
It is with sadness that we record the recent death of our Enrych President Patsy Wright-Warren. Our thoughts and condolences are with her family.
Patsy had a distinguished career in the National Health Service, retiring in 1989 having reached the position of Deputy Chief Nursing Officer. Anne Poole, who was Chief Nursing Officer at the time, described Patsy as ‘indefatigable’.
Soon after her retirement Patsy was recruited by Leonard Cheshire to travel overseas to visit Cheshire Homes in India and Tanzania and report back on their progress. When she was offered this role, with all expenses paid, she was thrilled and spent several happy years travelling around to many different overseas Homes. Her nursing and management background stood her in good stead and she was highly valued for her work by both Lord Cheshire and Lady Ryder, being one of the few people invited to call them by their Christian names.
In 2000 Patsy became Chairman of the Ryder-Cheshire Foundation, which had been established in the 1980s with a dual purpose: to help defeat tuberculosis in India and Africa and also to establish a volunteer service in the UK to help disabled adults enjoy activities of their own choosing. In 2004 the Foundation was wound up and two separate charities established: Target Tuberculosis and what was already known as Ryder-Cheshire Volunteers. Patsy became a trustee of both charities, being also elected as Chairman of RCV.
In 2005 Patsy handed over the Chairmanship of RCV to Sir John Owen, but remained a trustee until 2009 when she retired from the trustee board as well. She was subsequently invited to become President of the charity, now renamed Enrych, which post she held until her death in February this year.
Patsy took a keen interest in her charity work right until the end and was a highly valued trustee for her wisdom and experience. Her last appearance as President of Enrych was at the 10 Downing Street reception hosted by Samantha Cameron in 2013.
In her final years, Patsy lived quietly in her delightful cottage in Amersham, tending her garden and keeping in touch with her extended family and many friends.
Patsy is pictured here (2nd from left, top row) attending our Enrych Downing Street reception
Enrych Swindon & Wiltshire at Old Town Festival
We had a lovely day at Old Town Festival on the 12 June -Mei, Jo and Michael met potential volunteers and members and gave out goodie bags. Our next festival is The Big Weekend with the Market Place on Sunday 17 July at the Polo Ground raising funds for Enrych.