The crowds were out on Saturday at Seaford College, Petworth, to celebrate local charity United Response’s 40th birthday. Hundreds of people from around Sussex turned out on the warm summer’s day to join in the family fun. There were plenty of games and entertainment for everyone; children enjoyed the bouncy castle, garden games and much more, while adults also joined in with archery and a climbing wall.

The family fun day was United Response’s flagship event for its 40th anniversary. The charity chose to host a special celebration in West Sussex in honour of its first house, which opened in West Sussex in 1973.

United Response CEO and co founder, Su Sayer CBE said: “The fun day was a huge success. There was lots to do and the weather was wonderful – all of which provided the perfect recipe for a fun packed day. West Sussex was where it all begin for us, so Seaford College’s beautiful 400-acre grounds provided the perfect location to celebrate our achievements over the past 40 years.

Today, United Response is a major national charity which supports people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and physical disabilities across England and Wales. Working with more than 3000 people across the country the charity is a leading care provider and pioneer for equality and inclusion.

The event was wrapped up with a cake cutting ceremony with United Response President and former BBC News presenter, Martyn Lewis CBE. Crowds also enjoyed a slice of birthday cake and some free cream teas which were washed down with a birthday cuppa.

Martyn Lewis CBE added: “It was wonderful to see so many happy faces coming out to celebrate United Response’s great success over the years. I was honored to be chosen to cut the birthday cake. The fun day was also a great way to increase awareness about the vital work United Response does every day.”

Su added: “I would like to thank everyone who turned up on the day and the volunteers who made it all happen. This event was also a way for us to say thank you to the local community and give something back. And of course we must thank Seaford College - a longstanding supporter of United Response – for hosting the fun day for us.”