Glitz, glamour and greenbacks were the order of the day on Sunday (31st July) as residents at two of Sanctuary Carr-Gomm’s registered care schemes for adults with learning disabilities enjoyed an Oscar-themed day of racing and fundraising.
The garden at Montserrat Road in Lee-on-Solent was transformed into a race track for the day, complete with cardboard cameras and celebrity posters, all made by staff and residents.
The red carpet was rolled out, with guests dressing up as their favourite celebrities, as they raised £790.64 towards the purchase of a people carrier for Montserrat Road and neighbouring Victoria Square residents.
Handmade, cardboard Oscar statues were moved around the track at the roll of giant dice, with players trying to avoid the fences, and the associated forfeits!
Six ‘jockeys’ guided their statues around the track for four races, the Oscars were then auctioned off to friends and families after the last race to support the fundraising efforts.
The day was topped off with prizes for best celebrity costume, which were split into three categories: TICKELOS (Toddlers, Infants, Children, Kids Entries, Lee-On-Solent), SUCCES (Service Users Category Celebrity Entries Section) and, last but not least, LOSERS (Lee-On-Solent Entries Relatives & Staff).
The winners of the costume competition were: Stephanie Rowe, winner of the SUCCES awards as Lara Croft, Lawrence Keighley, winner of the TICKELOS awards as “118 got your number”, and Maureen Keighley came in first place as Cruella Deville and was proud to be crowned as the biggest of the LOSERS.
Scheme manager Lesley Senior said: “We’ve all had such great fun today, it was wonderful to see staff, residents, friends and family all making so much effort and getting into the racing.
“The outfits were spectacular as were all the props that everyone made and today’s activities have put us another step closer to our fundraising target.”