In 1955 a small group of parents began meeting together for support and to find ways of handling their lives in a largely uninterested, if not hostile, world. So began what was to become Southend Mencap, a self-help organisation and pressure group, campaigning to improve the lives of adults and children with learning disabilities and those of their families and carers. To mark 60 years since this humble beginning, Southend Mencap released a celebrity fundraising calendar featuring well-known personalities photographed alongside students and schools from The Music Man Project.
The 2015 calendar features Patti Boulaye, Baroness Grey-Thompson, Lord Rix, Boris Johnson, Buddy Greco, Brendan Foster, Ann Widdecombe and Dame Vera Lynn plus other well-known TV, Music and Sports personalities.
Calendars available from local Calendar Club retail outlets and directly from Southend Mencap. Price: £10
All profits go towards maintaining and expanding the work of The Music Man Project.