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Geoff Bird MBE.

It is with great sadness that we learned today of the death of Geoff Bird at the age of 105.
Geoff has been a great ambassador for people with a learning disability and their families for many years:
* He served on the Hospital Management Committee for the Royal Western Counties Hospital Group
* He was on the Community Health Council
* Geoff was one of the founder members of Exeter Mencap Society
* Geoff and his wife Mollie raised the money to build a swimming pool for Ellen Tinkham School.
* Realising there were no day care facilities for people with more severe disabilities, Geoff & Mollie went on to raise the money to build Treetops to meet this need.
* When this was completed, they raised yet more money to add on a 6- bedded respite unit to give families and carers a break.
Geoff was made President of Exeter & District Mencap and went on to attend all the AGMs despite his great age.
Geoff will be sadly missed by all who knew him, a truly remarkable gentleman.  Our thoughts are with Janet and Christopher.
 
Our President Geoff Bird celebrated his 103rd birthday in March 2020
and he is now writing his memoirs.
Click above to view his 100th birthday celebrations.

Click above to read a report from Jean Waldron.

In March 2019 EDMS purchased a buggy for a little girl. Click above to read more.

April 13th/14th 2019; Car Park Collection at Barnfield Crescent, Exeter on 
the 13th and 14th of April for Exeter and District Mencap Society.
I am running the London Marathon in April on behalf of Mencap UK for whom I have a fundraising target of £2000. I'm pleased to say that I have now reached that target which means that I can now donate to the local branch of Mencap the money I raise between now and April 28th. I will be continuing to raise sponsorship and we also have a charity car park collection at Barnfield Crescent, Exeter on the 13th and 14th of April. Best regards, Rich Hill

August 28th 2016: sadly Norman Fanner passed away aged 79
He was Chair of Exeter and District Mencap for a number of years

March 2012: Sam Pritchard wins apprentice award
Sam Pritchard has won Exeter College's 2012 award for Apprentice of the Year in Health and Social Care. Click the link for more details.

February 9th 2012: Eric gets police visit
... as a lifelong fan! Click the link for more details.

December 27th 2015 Pete Bishop and their supporters at the Poachers Inn at Ide who held an excellent quiz night and we would like to thank you for a most generous donation.