It was wonderful to host our Open House on Friday 21st October to celebrate the opening of MDSC’s new HQ and the start of the Centre’s 10th Anniversary year. Thank you once again to all those who were able to join us. Everyone had a fantastic afternoon meeting familiar and new faces and enjoying a slice of celebratory cake or two! It was truly fabulous to see people enjoying getting together in person and our new Centre being filled with so much energy and chatter.
We enjoyed opening remarks from Karen Bayliss (founding trustee) who reflected on the Centre’s journey from initial idea 10 years ago, to the facility that it has become today. Our Chair, Ruth Hereford and Chief Executive, Sarah Moore also shared their reflections in their welcome speeches, thanking all of our volunteers, supporters and team members involved in the development of the Charity over the last 10 years, including those who helped with our recent move.
We were excited to host special guests the Deputy Lord Mayor of Coventry, Cllr Jaswant Singh Birdi, and his wife Krishna, the Deputy Lady Mayoress, to officially cut the ribbon on our new Centre, and also very pleased to welcome Owen Davis from Thera-Trainer (a sponsor of our upcoming Open Day in 2023), as well as representatives from some of the fantastic trusts and foundations that have provided funding for our Centre’s journey to date.
Our Open House was just the beginning of our 10 Year Anniversary Celebrations, and we look forward to sharing details of upcoming events in Coventry and around our satellite clinics (East Midlands, Birmingham, and the Black Country), including:
- Informal online and in-person festive socials **
- Christmas Raffles at each of our locations
- The MDSC Open Day in Spring 2023
- 10th Anniversary dinners in each satellite area **
** led by service user-volunteers Ros Seal and Sheila Hawkins with the MDSC team.
We will be updating our Events page and sharing reminders via email and social media, so please keep an eye out. And if you would like to volunteer to help with any of these events (or have an idea for an activity that you would like to organise) please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Nina on 07480 046467.
We hope to see you soon in the Centre soon!
Below is a gallery of photos from our Open House and we will also be posting video of key highlights, including speeches shortly.