Winchester Go LD, a charity that supports adults with learning disabilities, held their annual Garden and Craft Fair last week.

The event was officially opened by retired Paralympian gold medallist Peter Hull MBE and Lady Portal MBE (Louisa).

The fair took place in the stunning grounds of Katie and Simon Browne and included gardening Q&A with Bob McQueen of Hilliers and a selection of plant stalls from nurseries across Hampshire and a variety of garden products, unique gifts and produce.

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Betty Chadwick, CEO of Winchester Go LD, said: “The community spirit is important as people with a learning disability can feel very isolated and have fewer chances to take part in leisure or social activities. Last week was Mental Health awareness week and at Winchester Go LD we work hard to ensure our members have a voice and have the opportunity to connect with staff and our incredible volunteers, both in group settings and individually with walk and talks.

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“This is a place for us to share the creativity of our members with learning disabilities and a chance for people to invest in them. 100 per cent of the profits goes back into supporting our members and our activities. Our members enjoy working with paint during our Tuesday activity session at the Arc in Winchester and this latest range is called My Favourite Fruit. It supports our Health and Nutrition learning in our workshops.”

Winchester Go LD had the smoothie bike at the garden fair after two years in lockdown. The one-wheeled, orange mobile drinks machine provides valuable training and experience - social and work-related skills, promoting independence and boosting self-confidence.

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The charity thanked Cobbs Farm Shop, who sponsored the event. They also announced that they will be selling member designed t-towels and cards in their shop soon.

The funds raised will help with running costs for Winchester Go LD, who offer free memberships to adults with learning disabilities in the Winchester area.

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