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Hansel Day

Last updated: 2.24pm, Friday 3rd May 2013 by

Friday 26th April 2013 was the first ever Hansel Day - and what a day it was!

We started with a Bake Sale in Murdoch House. The fundraising team (Sheila, Claire and Debbie) were already well known for their culinary skills and they were joined by Ali Mundell our HR Manager. Ali joined Hansel earlier this month so her skills in the kitchen were untested but her ginger refrigerator cake did not disappoint. Competition was fierce with each of the ladies promoting their own 'award winning' offerings and most of us were tempted to trying something from each of them. The 'back-room' staff in Murdoch House swept down on the delicious sweet treats but there was enough left over for the people we work for and their support staff, even business visitors were encouraged to sample the fare and make a donation! The Bake Sale raised a fantastic £263.08 and was a great way to kick start our "Go for Gold" campaign Then we had a grand naming ceremony for Hector, the little bear who has been spreading the word about Hansel's 50th Year. You can follow his adventures on Facebook 3 O'clock saw the start of Tenants Aloud Balloon Race. Tenants Aloud are a group of people who use Hansel to support them to live in their own homes and they chose a Balloon Race as a way to raise awareness of Hansel and raise funds for their group. This has proved a controversial event around this and we have been convinced by the arguments of the environmentalist who contacted us via Facebook and Twitter - Hansel will not hold any balloon release events and now asks its supporters do to likewise. That said this event went ahead and Tenants Aloud did a great job organising it. The sprinkling of rain didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the people gathered to see the launch. An amazing £623 was raised by Tenants Aloud. The winners (buyer and finder of the balloon which goes furthest) will be announced on the 17th of May. Guests at the Cabin marked Hansel Day with a celebratory meal at the Monkton Lodge. The day was rounded off with a 60s themed party at Craigie Bowling Club in Ayr hosted by our On Site Supported Living Service. Thanks to everyone who made this a great night and thanks to the many businesses, organisations and individuals who generously provided raffle prizes.