Group members raise funds

Picking out some tombola winners on the Learning Disability Focus Group fundraising stall are, from left, Lynne Taylor, Rebecca Buckle, Mark Hamblin, Gina Adams, Dennis Allen, and Angela Mathewson.'112031b.
Picking out some tombola winners on the Learning Disability Focus Group fundraising stall are, from left, Lynne Taylor, Rebecca Buckle, Mark Hamblin, Gina Adams, Dennis Allen, and Angela Mathewson.'112031b.
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MEMBERS of the Scarborough Learning Disability Focus Group raised their profile and £215 into the bargain after holding an information stand at Scarborough Hospital.

The group has around 15 members who get together regularly and campaign for improvements they would like to see happen in local healthcare services.

They held a tombola to raise money towards group funds and also were able to chat to passers-by about their aims.

Health facilitator Lynne Taylor said: “It was great - there was a lot of interest and people were coming up and asking questions.”

She added that group members have a meeting with Scarborough Hospital’s chief executive, Mike Proctor, set up for June 15.

They will be asking him to consider signing up to Mencap’s charter against Hate Crime, which is the theme of Learning Disability Week from June 20 to 26.

Mrs Taylor also said that the group had successfully secured funding for a learning disability role at Scarborough Hospital.

Dennis Allen (pictured) has now been taken on as the trust’s learning disability assistant. His role is to liaise with patients with a learning disability and their families to make sure their stay in hospital is as positive an experience as possible. Mrs Taylor said: “He’s had some excellent feedback.”