Pilot helps allotment project in Stamford

Ian Warrington, centre, with from left, Mencap support worker Burma Canham, Stewart Holland, Gillian Graham, Edward Smith and Mark Austin''Photo: SM200911-014ow
Ian Warrington, centre, with from left, Mencap support worker Burma Canham, Stewart Holland, Gillian Graham, Edward Smith and Mark Austin''Photo: SM200911-014ow
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A MAN has handed over a cheque for £250 to boost an allotment used by people with learning disabilities.

Ian Warrington, of College Close, Great Casterton, works as a support worker for Mencap, which helps people with learning disabilities.

But he is also a keen balloon pilot and in April he was one of 49 pilots to break the Guinness World Record for the most hot air balloons to cross the English Channel.

The event raised thousands of pounds for charity. When Ian learned all the money had not been allocated, he suggested some money be given to help fund an allotment project in Uffington Road, Stamford for Mencap. He was given £250.

Ian helped start the project, where adults with learning difficulties are able to work on the allotment.

It has been such a success the charity has just taken on a third plot. Ian said: “I got to know the organiser of the event really well and when I mentioned this allotment project for Mencap, he said he had some money left.

“Because the project has been such a success and we have got a third plot, we needed some more equipment like sheds and tools so the money will go towards that.

“It has been a super project because people are able to go up there on a regular basis and get support, as well as have the allotment to focus on.”