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Bircherley Court residents raise money to help aspiring basketball player

22 March 2019

Residents at Bircherley Court in Hertford decided to do something exceptional for one of their special cooks, Adam. They held a fundraising cake sale to raise a massive £286 to help get him to the World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai so he could compete with his team mates in the basketball competition. 

Adam is a member of the Special Cooks Club.  This is a group of young people with learning difficulties and disabilities who visit Bircherley Court, one of our Flexicare schemes, once a week to cook residents a two course lunch for a little as £4 per person.  Not only do the residents get a healthy, nutritious meal, but the young people get the opportunity to improve their social skills, learn new practical skills and develop their independence.

During their lunches, residents get to know the cooks.  They were especially intrigued to hear about Adam’s passion for basketball and determination to compete at a professional level.  As competitors have to raise their own funds to participate in the tournament, residents were keen to help Adam reach the required £2,500 target.  They decided to hold a cake sale with some residents going one step further by pledging a donation directly to the fund.  Annie Vaughan, Flexicare Manager, said, “It was nice to see them work together to raise funds for this fantastic cause.  They’re so proud they were able to make a difference by helping him achieve his goal.”

The Special Cooks Club went on to hold further fundraising events and raised the full amount to send Adam to the competition.  Well done Adam!