Blog Community-building in the Wild West – themed fundraising event gets video treatment One of our services in Chesterfield held an all singing, all dancing tea party fundraiser – raising over £800 and getting all the local community involved. And, we made a fantastic video of the event. Is the English summer over, for another year? Sigh. Perhaps. Either way, when the sun was shining, back in June, our Spire supported living service, in Chesterfield, held a 4tea party in a bid to raise funds and connect with their local community. They held a similar event last year, which was so successful and vibrant, that this time around we decided to make a video of the big day. Take a look: This year’s party had a Cowboys and Indians theme and included a number of games, as well as stalls offering tea and cakes, with a marquee erected in the garden. And costumes. Oh, the glorious and varied costumes. In the video you can see an uncanny (sort of) version of Johny Depp’s Tonto. Residents of the service contributed to all aspects of the day: baking for the refreshments tent, helping out at the various stalls and meeting visitors who came along. Connecting with the local community is one of the most important aspects of such events, as organiser, Ro Jones, explains: “The annual 4tea party has become a day that not only the people we support look forward to, but also the people who live locally. Through these parties, neighbours gain a better understanding of the type of support that is offered to people and the enjoyment that we can all experience together.” The 4tea event was paid for by a grant from United Response’s Small Sparks programme. Funded by the Clothworkers’ Foundation, Small Sparks funds a variety of activities to strengthen relationships between disabled people and their wider community. If you would like to contribute to our Small Sparks programme and ensure events like this one go ahead in the future, please visit the Small Sparks appeal page. James Dodd, head of web and digital.