2019 was the 20th Anniversary of our charity being established. With the kind permission of the Dean and Chapter of Southwell Cathedral, we held a special service Long view of congregation seated in Southwell Minster for 20th Anniversray Serviceat Southwell Minster on Monday 9th December. We were delighted that so many of our clients, families, volunteers, staff and supporters from near and far could join us on the night.

“Over 450 people packed in Southwell Minster for a joy filled service of song, dance, shared memories and bold dreams…and Christmas too.”  – Tweet from The Very Reverend Nicola Sullivan, Dean of Southwell.

Founding trustee Valerie Harris told the story of how a Picture of Valerie Harris, founding Trustee of Reach Learning Disability speaking at 20th Anniversray Servicesmall group of parents met to create the Southwell Care Project to support adults with learning disabilities in Southwell, which became Reach Learning Disability in 2014.

Highlights of the service included a moving singing performance by clients, staff and volunteers from our Reach centres in Southwell, Mansfield, Newark and Flower Pod, a dance by Reach Newark’s Dancers, and the lighting of a festive wreath created at Flower Pod, accompanied by Don’t Stop Our Dreaming, a collaborative song written and performed by Reach Southwell’s Media Fun group.

Last night was not only an uplifting celebration but also provided an insight into all the dedicated work that has gone into making Reach what it is today and no doubt what more will be achieved by your extraordinary team in the future. You add so much to our daughter’s life that could not come from anywhere else.

– Andy and Steph, parents to Nicola

It was an absolutely wonderful evening. I felt extremely privileged and humbled

to share the celebration with such amazing people.”

– Jenny, sister to Sarah

The joy and zest for life that our clients exhibited in their performances for our Anniversary Service is a fitting testimony to the vision that the founding trustees had when setting up the charity, a vision of a community where people with learning disabilities could flourish and be heard.”

– Steve Shatwell, Reach Chief Executive

The service began with a slideshow of photos and memories of all that has been achieved in the last 20 years. You can read the full order of service here.

Thanks to all those who were able to join us to celebrate and who helped to make it the truly special evening it was.

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Photographs by James Turner Photography.