STAFF at a local shop are on their marks and getting set this week for a year of fundraising in aid of ENABLE Scotland.
The Co-operative in David Street. Stonehaven is one of many Co-op stores across the country embarking on a year-long programme of fundraising to the help the charity, chosen as the Co-operative’s Charity of the Year 2011, transform the lives of thousands of young people with a learning disability.
Staff at the store dressed up in a variety of running and racing gear, with some colourful retro outfits on display, while others took the role of cheerleaders with pom-poms to encourage them in joining colleagues across the UK to help get the fundraising campaign underway.
With the support of its members and customers, staff across the Co-operative’s businesses, including food retail, travel, funerals, pharmacy, banking, insurance and farming will be taking part in a series of events in aid of ENABLE Scotland and its sister charity in England, Wales and Northern Island, Mencap.
The money raised will be used to support the Inspire Me project which helps to change the lives of 20,000 young people with a learning disability, along with parents, carers and local communities.
Brian Mitchell, store manager at Stonehaven, said: “We want to boost the confidence of young people with a learning disability – so they can stand tall and hold their heads high.
“It’s the start of a busy year of fundraising, and we’ll have a lot to do before we cross the finishing line, but it will be worth it.
“I’m incredibly proud to have ENABLE Scotland as our Charity of the Year.”
Gwen Mutch, co-chair of the Kincardine and Deeside branch of ENABLE alongside Stuart Forbes, said: “We’re here to support people with learning disabilities and help them in as many ways as we can. The money raised by the Co-op is going to make such a difference because there is really a lot of work needed in this area - this will be a great help to us to try and fulfil that.
“We are so grateful that they have chosen us as their charity of the year and wish them every success with their fundraising.”
ENABLE Scotland is the country’s leading charity for children and adults with learning disabilities. It was formed in 1954 by a group of families whose lives were affected by learning disability.
The Inspire Me project has been designed to create opportunities and provide support that allows young people with a learning disability to be equal citizens, to aim high and to fulfil their dreams.