Posted in News on 22nd July, 2016
The second Devon Partnership NHS Trust ‘Working with Wonford’ event took place on the front lawn at Wonford House last week and was hailed as a huge success by its organisers, the TLC (Together Let’s Communicate) Group, and everyone who attended.
Chair, Julie Dent, formally opened the event, which aims to raise funds and awareness for mental health and learning disability, praising the members of the TLC group for their relentless good work and the values of inclusion and involvement to which they aspire. TLC asked that Julie dedicate the event to Devon Partnership NHS Trust nurse Paul Pilkington, who died unexpectedly earlier this year. Paul worked closely with the TLC group and many other staff on a variety of projects related to inclusion and involvement.
Support Worker and founder of the TLC group, Trina Williamson, said: "The event is going from strength to strength and many people are already asking about next year. This year's event was a definite improvement on last year and we learn a little bit more each time we hold it. For example, this year we had two wonderful live music acts and this was incredibly popular with everyone. The fact that we had a beautiful sunny day obviously helped and, all in all, it was an inspirational and uplifting afternoon. Thanks to everyone who gave so generously, we think we have probably raised more than £600 to support the work of our TLC group and Barclays are holding a cake sale this week to add to the funds."
The event had around 40 stalls and included arts, crafts and a host of other attractions.
One of the highlights was the arrival of a large group of four and five year olds from Wynstream School, who sang a few songs for the gathered audience. They had also coloured-in dozens of Pedro the Peacock posters, which were displayed on one of the trees on the lawn. The children were asked to colour-in Pedro's tail feathers according to whether he was happy or sad.
The two musical attractions were an undoubted success. First, Emily Maguire sang a selection of songs from her fifth album. Emily has bipolar disorder and is currently touring mental health facilities across the south of the country, performing to small audiences on wards and in other settings. She has appeared on BBC radio and television and her songs were truly beautiful.
The second live music act was equally impressive. Sixteen year old Sadie Horler sang a selection of her own songs and cover versions and is clearly an incredibly talented young woman.