The Mayor of Solihull's Tea Party

Mayor hosts tenth birthday celebration for the charity

The Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Mrs Glenis Slater hosted a special Mayor’s Tea Party to celebrate ten years of the Mad Hatter’s Children’s Charity. Based in Solihull, we work with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities across the Midlands, and provide fun and exciting educational events and activities for over 2000 children every year.

“As Mayor of Solihull I am really looking forward to welcoming Reynalds Cross School, Springfield House School and Ulverley School to the Civic Suite for a tea party on 11 May. Mad Hatter`s Charity provide fantastic fun days out for children with special educational needs and disabilities in the Midlands area. I have seen the wonderful work they do last summer at the Botanical Gardens when I was kindly invited to attend. They have built up links to many `special needs` schools and work on appeals for the provision of equipment, wheelchairs and cycles to increase children`s independence and quality of life. It is fantastic to support a local charity during their 10th Anniversary year.”

— The Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Mrs Glenis Slater

Over the last ten years around 16000 children have benefitted from the charity’s events and activities, and we regularly engage over 90 specials schools across the West Midlands. Our biggest event of the year, the Mad Hatter’s Summer Tea Party, is held at Birmingham Botanical Gardens and hosts nearly 1000 children with special educational needs and disabilities. Gary Roskell, the charity’s Development Director, commented:

“This is such an exciting year for us. We’re really honoured to kick off our 10th Anniversary with a Tea Party hosted by the Mayor, and we’ve got much more planned. Our Summer Tea Party will be bigger and better than ever, we’re launching a new grants scheme later in the year, and we’re working with a range of partners on lots of new projects to offer to schools. We’re hoping we’ll be able to help more children than ever before, but we can only do that with the help of the public. That’s why the support of the Mayor is so important to us.”

— Gary Roskell, Development Director for Mad Hatter's Children's Charity

We receive no ongoing funding, but rely on donations, fundraising activities and grants to support our work. You can find out how to contribute, volunteer or take part in one of our fundraising activities on our new-look website at

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