Finsbury Park saw almost over 600 people arrive on Saturday to take part the UK’s largest fancy dress dodgeball tournament.

The event, now in its seventh year, is organised by the learning disability charity Mencap, with all the proceeds going to ensuring the charity can continue to support people with a learning disability, their families and carers.

Along with a prize for the winning team, the best fancy dress award is always the most fiercely contested, with teams entering as Vikings, rock stars and Smurfs.

The event offered fun for all the family with DJ, craft food and ale stalls and an after party for all attendees at VR5 at Egg London. An auction held before the final saw lucky bidders walk away with goodies which included box tickets to a Harlequins match at Twickenham Stoop, a signed All Blacks rugby shirt and VIP tickets to Mencap’s Little Noise Sessions at Union Chapel in November.

Rachel Croshaw, Events manager at Mencap said:

“Every year we’re blown away by the popularity of the event. I think it really clicks with the huge demand of young Londoners to take part in charity events that aren’t £80 pound black tie events and instead are £35 fancy dress events. We had everything from heavy metal groups, prisoners, and a group of ‘Dodgy geezers’ give it their all for the fancy dress aspect. 

What’s more is we raised a huge amount that will Mencap continue it’s important work of supporting people with a learning disability and their families.” 

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For further information or to arrange interviews, please contact the Mencap press office on 020 7696 5414 ormedia@mencap.org.uk

Notes to editors

About Mencap

There are 1.4 million people with a learning disability in the UK. Mencap works to support people with a learning disability, their families and carers by fighting to change laws, improve services and access to education, employment and leisure facilities.

Mencap supports thousands of people with a learning disability to live their lives the way they want.

www.mencap.org.uk  

For advice and information about learning disability and Mencap services in your area, contact Mencap Direct on 0808 808 1111 (9am-5pm, Monday-Friday) or email help@mencap.org.uk

What is a learning disability?

A learning disability is a reduced intellectual ability which can cause problems with everyday tasks – for example shopping and cooking, or travelling to new places – which affects someone for their whole life.

People with a learning disability can take longer to learn new things and may need support to develop new skills, understand difficult information and engage with other people. The level of support someone needs is different with every individual. For example, someone with a severe learning disability might need much more support with daily tasks than someone with a mild learning disability.

Learning disability is not a mental illness or a learning difficulty. Very often the term ‘learning difficulty’ is wrongly used interchangeably with ‘learning disability’.