Fourteen of Hightown’s learning disability services came together this weekend for a fun-packed Wild West BBQ.

Over 100 cowboys and sheriffs overran the Maidenhead disabled sports club, SportsAble, on Saturday 28th July as service users and their families from all of our Berkshire services came together for their largest ‘shindig’ of the year.

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The fun began with a BBQ from Chucks Catering Trailers and later service users enjoyed trailer rides, a water fight and a county music disco.

Service users also loved meeting a collection of animals brought by Basil & Crew Mobile Farm, including donkeys Denise and Marble - a particular delight for one service user with an affinity for horses.

Staff went ‘all-out’ with their hand-made decorations, including personalised ‘mugshots’, a giant papier-mâché snake and bandana bunting.

The venue was not only accessible for our wheelchair users but also boasted excellent grounds that, after the recent heatwave and winds, also looked like the set of a Spaghetti Western. In place of tumble-weed were gazebos that refused to be tied down!

The party brought together Hightown supported living schemes in Bracknell, Sandhurst, Crowthorne and Wokingham and family members came from as far as Cornwall to attend.

Hightown Care & Supported Housing Manager, Francis Zvoma said, “The success of this event is a testament to the dedication of the staff who put a huge effort into bringing everyone together, even down to making all the decorations.”

The event also marks an achievement in our long-term support planning. For some service users, a few years ago it would have been too much. Now they are able to socialise in at a big party and have really enjoyed themselves.

“Thanks must also go to the Radian Group for funding the entertainment through their Community Grants scheme and the Community First Responders for supporting us on the day and ensuring everyone was safe.”