Neilcott 2016 Charity

As mentioned in a previous post before Christmas the Neilcott Charity of 2016, as voted for by staff, is Yorda Aventures.  Yorda supports children and young people with severe learning disabilities.  The centre is run by Manager, Laura Smyth who has 20 sessional staff working with her across the term week and 35 during the school holidays.  These staff are made up of just a few permanent personnel with the rest made up of volunteers.  Yorda run an after school club from the Devon Way Youth Centre for severely disabled children aged between 5 and 19 suffering from a range of conditions such as Autism, Angelmans Syndrome, Epilepsy and Raynards Disease.  All of the children attend from Dysart School (  Laura and her staff borrow the school’s two mini buses to ferry the children to and from the centre a couple of miles away.

The first of hopefully many organised events that staff will participate in to raise money for Yorda is to be the London to Brighton Bike Ride on the 19th June.  Our intrepid riders include Danny “The Speed King” Jinks, Paul “Not sure he will get there” Murtagh, Jon “are you sure” Weatherley, Mark “he was fit once” Payne, Ian “when was the last time on a bike” Read, Kevin “at least I have a bike” BainL2B-Logo and lastly “Gorgeous” George Cook.  The team of surveyors have started training, apparently, and if you would like to sponsor the “London to Brighton” boys please visit

Details of more fundraising activities will follow.  We have set a target of £15,000 for the year which is very ambitious however we are keen to support this extremely worthy charity in any way that we can.