Staff from Rutland House Community Trust to do midnight walk for sensory room

Rutland House Community Trust staff prepare for a midnight walk around the Hambleton Peninsula. EMN-161114-164743001

Rutland House Community Trust staff prepare for a midnight walk around the Hambleton Peninsula. EMN-161114-164743001

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Staff from a care home for adults with learning disabilities are planning a sponsored midnight walk at Rutland Water to help fund a new sensory garden.

The 20-strong team are hoping to raise £1,500 by trekking around the Hambleton Peninsula on the evening of Friday, December 2.

The funds, along with another £1,000 raised through a quiz and sponsored run, will be put to good use at the property which is run by the 
Rutland House Community Trust.

The Mercury has been asked not to reveal the property’s location.

Care officer Becky Puddifer is one of those taking part.

She said: “Our residents enjoy spending time outside in a summer house but, as the weather is getting colder, it’s not very nice out there at the moment.

“We are turning an atrium into an indoor sensory garden, which opens up to the outside area, where they will be able to enjoy a water feature, new furniture and lots of herbs and other scented plants.

“We’ve already raised £1,000 through a quiz at The Wheatsheaf in Oakham and a sponsored run, and we hope to raise the remaining £1,500 through sponsorship for our walk.

“We’ve got 15 staff members and five others who are lined up to take part and we hope people will be generous with sponsorship.”

Rutland House Community Trust was founded in 1989 by Hazel and Terry Jeffery who identified there were no services locally for people with learning disabilities.

A care home was opened in 1995 after years of fundraising.

The trust is the area’s foremost provider of services for adults with learning disabilities.

It also provides a home care service and runs two supported living schemes.

Anyone who would like to make a donation towards the fundraising target should call Samantha Lambert on 07703 287963.