Truck Run boost

Date: 15th March Location: Gilwilly Industrial Estate, Penrith

TRUCK drivers from across Cumbria are hitting the road next month to raise vital funds for Carlisle Mencap's Cumbria Autism Family Project.   

The event is the brainchild of Zoe and Nick Rigg of Clifton, near Penrith, and – along with a glitzy evening ball in the same night – aims to bring in the pounds for the Cumbria Autism Family Project.

Taking place on Saturday, April 6, more than 30 trucks will converge on the Gilwilly Industrial Estate in Penrith in the morning at 10.30am before setting off an a two-hour journey around Cumbria before finishing back in Penrith. 

Zoe and Nick – who is a truck driver himself with Penrith haulage firm SI & S Hastings Ltd – decided to raise cash for the autism project as their four-year-old son Harley was diagnosed with autism from an early age. The couple also have a two-year-old daughter, Darcey.

Carlisle Mencap’s Cumbria Autism Family Project is supported by Cumbria County Council and covers the whole of the county with family advisors working with families of children who have a diagnosis of autism.

Zoe said: “Since Harleys diagnosis we have been on a steep learning curve about how to help Harley learn to understand and manage the world around him. Nick and I have found that knowledge is power when it comes to supporting Harley day to day, and we continue to educate ourselves and those around us as best we can.

“We chose to support Cumbria Autism Family Support Project as we believe that such services should continue to be readily available to those who need them, to help signpost and guide families in the county at a time that can otherwise be quite lonely and overwhelming.”

Krysia Pantechis, children’s services manager at Carlisle Mencap, said: “The autism project provides a lifeline for parents, often at times when families have no other support around and feel very lost in what to do next. I really appreciate Zoe and Nick helping us out by staging these events to raise much-needed extra funds.”

Following the event, which is due to finish at 2pm, in the evening there will be a fundraising ball at casino at the North Lakes Hotel & Spa in Penrith with a three-course meal and live music from popular Cumbria-based band The Blue Flames, plus a fundraising raffle and auction.

Any lorry driver wanting to take part in the Truck Run should contact Zoe on 07983 528 687 as soon as possible.

Upcoming Events

Bungee jumps for fun and fundraising

Date: 16th June Location: Creighton Rugby Club

PEOPLE of all ages are coming forward to take part in our spectacular sponsored bungee jumps event in June - so why not take the plunge and join them?

Landmark exhibition launched

Date: 21st March Location: Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle

THE exhibition '50 Years Of Carlisle Mencap - Our Lives Now And Then' is running at the Community Gallery at Tullie House Museum in Carlisle until Thursday April 11 following a very successful launch ceremony.

Truck Run boost

Date: 6th April Location: Gilwilly Industrial Estate, Penrith

TRUCK drivers from across Cumbria are hitting the road next month to raise vital funds for Carlisle Mencap's Cumbria Autism Family Project.

Get in touch

For further information please contact us:

Phone: 01228 674393
Email us: enquiries@carlislemencap.co.uk

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