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Dame Norma Major DBE is the new Honorary President of Cambridgeshire Mencap


Cambridgeshire Mencap is delighted to announce that Dame Norma Major is to become its very first Honorary President. This new role for Dame Norma comes about after the recent merger of four local learning disability charities to form Cambridgeshire Mencap.

Cambridge, Fenland, Peterborough and St Ives Mencap Societies have recently joined together to create a new charity called Cambridgeshire Mencap, based in Fulbourn, Cambridge.

This merger is historic and the appointment of Dame Norma underpins the creation of Cambridgeshire Mencap. Dame Norma is also the Vice President of Royal Mencap Society and she has worked very hard to champion the cause of people with learning disabilities for many years. She recently was a very strong supporter of the Cambridge based charity reopening the Windmill hydrotherapy pool in Fulbourn.  Dame Norma has said that she is both delighted and honoured to be the first Honorary President.

To celebrate the “official” launch of Cambridgeshire Mencap a lunch is being held at the Cambridge Quy Mill Hotel on the 16 April 2009. With a guest list of around 50 it includes people with learning disabilities, their families and friends, volunteers, staff, trustees and Dame Norma.  The charity is grateful to a very kind benefactor who has paid for the lunch.

Garry Simcox, Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire Mencap commented “the principal aim of the merger is to seek to deliver services to more people throughout the county and to increase the range of those services in keeping with people’s needs and choices”. Garry also added “By pooling resources, as the new charity had done, I believe that this will also help to achieve a more equitable use of these resources so that anyone in need of support will not lose out simply because they live in more remote parts of the county”.

Many small charities are faced with significant challenges in the current economic climate and the reality is they are chasing the same funding bodies and sponsors to fund their activities. This further endorses this merger where the new charity is avoiding duplication of costs and effort and in turn will optimise the best use of limited resources. Cambridgeshire Mencap is affiliated to the national Royal Mencap Society, but is completely independent and doesn’t benefit from any funding they may receive. 

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