The Mad Hatter's Summer Tea Party 2016

Our Tenth Anniversary Summer Tea Party!

The Mad Hatter’s Children’s Charity is throwing a huge Summer Tea Party for 1000 children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

On Monday July 11th Birmingham Botanical Gardens' impressive 15 acres will be transformed into a magical wonderland filled with face painters, singers, dancers, workshops, circus entertainers, fairground rides, music, sports games and lots more.

Mad Hatter’s Children’s Charity, based in Solihull, works with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities across the Midlands. Activities are designed to be both fun and educational: circus workshops, for example, can help children work together and develop fine motor skills. Children’s confidence can also increase, after making new friends, developing social skills and becoming more independent.

Over the last ten years around 16000 children have benefitted from the charity’s events and activities, and they regularly engage over 90 specials schools across the West Midlands. Gary Roskell, the charity’s Development Director, said:

“This is year is our 10th Anniversary, and this Summer Tea Party is bigger and better than ever. We’ve really worked hard to make the day a special experience for the children and young people who are attending. Of course we couldn’t do it alone, and this year we’ve been overwhelmed by the support of local companies and other charities that have donated money to help fund the day, or encouraged their staff to help out – this year we have over 100 volunteers working alongside us. ”

This year Mad Hatter’s Children’s Charity was honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.

The charity receives no ongoing funding, but relies on donations, fundraising activities and grants to support its work. You can find out how to contribute, volunteer or take part in one of its fundraising activities on its website at or by emailing

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