Truck Run success!

THE Truck Run organised to raise funds for Carlisle Mencap's Cumbria Autism Family Support Project was a huge success - so many thanks to organisers Zoe and Nick Rigg!

The event, which took place on Saturday, April 6, from the Gilwilly Industrial Estate in Penrith, together with the dinner ball/auction of prizes at the North Lakes Hotel & Spa that evening, is set to have raised between £5,000 and £6,000 for the charity - which is fantastic news.

So a big thank-you to the 28 lorry drivers who took part in the event, and all those who attended the North Lakes event as well. But special mention has to be made of Zoe and Nick Rigg of Clifton, whose ideas and organisation made the whole thing click.

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 Harley’s 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. We’d like to thank our friend David Forrester too for the efforts he has put in helping us organise this fundraising event.” 

Upcoming Events

Great North Run opportunities

Date: 8th September Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

FANCY taking part in the world's greatest half marathon - and help raise money for Carlisle Mencap at the same time? Then we'd love to hear from you!

Art Activity Sessions

Date: 27th April Location: Lake District Coast Aquarium, Maryport

Do you or your brother or sister have autism? Then come and join us for some fun, creative FREE sessions to be run in the west and south of Cumbria.

Fundraising quiz fun

Date: 10th May Location: Cumbrian Cheesecake Company, Infirmary Road, Carlisle

CARLISLE Mencap is joining forces with the Cumbrian Cheesecake Company for a series of fundraising quizzes - and the first one is next month!

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