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Three cheers for champion fundraiser Paulette!

Three cheers to parent carer, Paulette Francis, who raised a terrific £407.61 for Reading Mencap by running a raffle at her office.

Huge thanks also to her employer, Covéa Insurance, who added a further £143 to the pot, boosting the total to an amazing £550.61!

Paulette, who cares for her 30-year-old daughter who has cerebral palsy and is also registered blind, said she couldn’t have coped without the support of Reading Mencap’s Family Advisers.

She said: “There are so many battles I have to fight to ensure she receives the correct care and benefits from simple things.

“Reading Mencap have been key in supporting me. I couldn’t have coped without their support over the last six years, to the extent I may have had to place my daughter in care or given up my job, which I enjoy.

“They’ve also saved my health and reduced my stress levels no end; they are always at the end of the phone when I or my family need them.”

Family fundraisers, like Paulette, make all the difference to a small charity like ours. As we have to raise all the funds needed to run our services ourselves, a helping hand is much appreciated.

And there are lots of ways – big and small - you can help.

If you fancy challenging yourself in 2018, it’s not too late to sign up for Reading’s Half Marathon on Sunday 18 March. Email fundraisingmanager@readingmencap.org.uk for further details.

You can also save your used postage stamps or donate any unwanted Christmas gifts such as toiletries, which we can use for tombolo’s or raffles.

It’s also very easy to raise funds for us when you shop or search online. If you shop via giveasyoulive.com you can raise free funds for Reading Mencap – they have more than 4,200 leading stores signed up to the scheme. Doing an online search through everyclick.com means a few pence is donated to use every time you search.

You can also support Reading Mencap every time you shop or sell on Ebay. Making us your favourite will help us more than you know. Please follow this link to choose us.

You can donate to us in the Ebay checkout or you can sell your items to benefit us.

Holding a coffee morning, taking part in a supermarket tin shake or selling raffle tickets are all others ways to help that can make a big difference towards supporting services at Reading Mencap.

Please visit our Get Involved pages for more information.