West Dorset Mencap funds Wheelchair Swing for residents living in Bridport

Chairman, Linda Simpson pictured with Jane Turnbull and Rachel Hallett

West Dorset Mencap are very pleased to fund a new wheelchair swing for residents living in Bridport.  Linda Simpson, West Dorset Mencap chairman said, ‘We were delighted to fund this much needed piece of equipment. All profits raised by our charity shop in Bridport are used to support people who live with a learning disability in West Dorset. Although we are affiliated to Mencap, West Dorset Mencap is an independent charity and 100% our profits are used to support people living locally. Thank you to everyone who continues to support our shop in East Street and enable us to raise much needed funds for our community.’

Lisa, Encompass Service Team Leader commented, ‘The swing is already proving to be an invaluable asset. As well as being a fun experience, having the wind blow in your face and the feeling of freedom, the back-and-forth motion can calm someone who is anxious, offering them a safe release. Being outside improves a person’s overall mood and well-being and the swing encourages people to go outside, but it can also help with gross motor skills, including balance and coordination. The swing is used almost every day and I am sure it will continue to for many years to come!’

Tracey Dennis-Andrews, Operations Business Partner at Encompass continued, ‘We are thrilled that West Dorset Mencap have kindly donated a brand-new replacement swing. The swing is fully accessible, and we are really pleased that people Encompass support in this area can continue to enjoy the garden swing at our service in Bridport. We have enjoyed a collaborative, charitable and professional relationship with the team at West Dorset Mencap for many years and fully support the great work they do for people with a learning disability in the local area. We are grateful to West Dorset Mencap for choosing the service as a beneficiary.’