Samantha Cameron this week (Tuesday 30 April) hosted an evening reception at 10 Downing Street on behalf of the disability charity ENRYCH.
Senior business leaders, politicians and supporters heard speeches from Mrs Cameron, ENRYCH Chief Executive Gina King, Chair of Trustees Philip Allan and ENRYCH Member Ann Hanson.
TV auctioneer Philip Serrell and broadcaster and ENRYCH patron Graeme Garden also co-hosted a pledge auction which saw VIP guests promise to involve themselves with the charity beyond the evening. More than 40 pledges were made ranging from supporting a local ENRYCH branch, sponsoring an event, to finding out about becoming a trustee.
The charity also used the reception to launch its new strategic plan and hopes the event will lead to new sources of funding and support for its work in ensuring availability of leisure and learning opportunities for adults with a physical disability.
Gina King, ENRYCH Chief Executive, said: “We were delighted Mrs Cameron offered to host our reception as opportunities to illustrate and demonstrate our work to such an influential audience are rare.
“It was a great opportunity to spotlight the work we do in communities around the country. Our projects currently have waiting lists of people in need of our support and as a small charity with limited resources and no government funding, finding new donors and supporters is a very real challenge, especially in the current financial climate.
“The evening was a huge success and we’ve made a number of new contacts who we hope will strengthen our voice and help us continue to support and grow the hundreds of members, families and carers we work with. A huge thank you to Samantha Cameron, her team and to all our guests for a fantastic evening.”
Graeme Garden OBE, patron of ENRYCH National, said: “This reception was an opportunity to highlight the work of the volunteers who give their time, enthusiasm and skills to enable ENRYCH to make a real difference to the lives of 1000s of disabled adults and their families, who would otherwise live in social exclusion and isolation. We are enormously grateful to Samantha Cameron and her team for hosting this important event.”
ENRYCH is a well-established charity with a 26-year history of enabling adults with a physical disability to enjoy culture, leisure, learning and sporting opportunities through partnership with a volunteer. The charity supports its members to tailor their own service to increase self-confidence, develop independence, meet people with the same interests, reduce social isolation, improve fitness, emotional health and wellbeing, have fun and engage with their communities.