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Newlyweds raise money for essential learning disability service

6 September 2021

Two kind-hearted newlyweds have used their wedding celebrations to raise funds for a learning disability service in Claughton.

Residents Ian Hipkiss & Jamie Marsden enjoying the fundraising and wedding celebrationsResidents Ian Hipkiss & Jamie Marsden enjoying the fundraising and wedding celebrations.

Sue and Carl Marsden held a bingo evening and auction of football memorabilia at their wedding reception, to support the work of Sanctuary Supported Living’s Tollemache Road, a respite service for adults with learning and physical disabilities.

They were inspired to support Tollemache Road thanks to Carl’s aunt, Jane Marsden, whose son uses the service, allowing her to take a break and have some time for herself.

Knowing Jane regularly organises fundraising events for the service, Carl and Jane wanted to use their wedding day to help out.

The event was a huge success, with auction lots donated by Everton and Tranmere Rovers football clubs, along with local businesses, helping to raise a grand total of more than £1,600.

Staff and service users attended as special guests to enjoy the celebrations, and Sue, Jane and Carl were all invited to Tollemache Road, where they were presented with a certificate and a bouquet of flowers to say thank you for their efforts.

The money raised will be used to convert the first-floor lounge at Tollemache Road into a cinema room – with a projector, screen, comfy chairs and popcorn machine, so residents can enjoy the big-screen experience at home.

We were all overwhelmed and humbled by Carl, Sue and Jane’s efforts for our service users.

Ian Connolly-Mckie, Deputy Local Service Manager

Ian Connolly-Mckie, Deputy Local Service Manager at Tollemache Road, said: “Everyone had a brilliant night and we were all overwhelmed and humbled by Carl, Sue and Jane’s efforts for our service users on such a special and personal day.

“We’d also like to say a big thank you to the local community for all their support and generous donations”.

Jane added: “Without this vital service and the efforts of all the staff at Tollemache Road, myself and others who have loved ones with physical and learning disabilities wouldn’t be able to have the rest we need, to assist them to lead a prosperous life.”

Tollemache Road is a specialist respite care home with 10 en-suite bedrooms, where care and support is provided for up to 10 adults, who have a range of learning disabilities and complex or high needs.

For more information about Sanctuary Supported Living’s services for people with physical and learning disabilities, see our disability page, read residents’ stories or find a disability service near you.

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