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Social care charity celebrates 25 years with birthday festival.

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Hundreds of people came together to celebrate 25 years of Carr Gomm.

A Scottish social care charity has celebrated its 25th anniversary with a birthday festival in Edinburgh.

Carr Gomm supporters, staff, and family came together on 16th June for the event hosted by former Britain’s Got Talent star, Edward Reid. 

Attendees travelled from across Scotland to enjoy live performances, silent disco, therapets, carnival games and food trucks and more.

A Carr Gomm’s Got Talent session saw people sing their favourite pop hits from Elvis to Amy Winehouse, as well as give their own poetry readings. 

The event was fully accessible for all, with quiet spaces, food for all diets and a Revoloo vehicle for wheelchair users.

Chief executive of Carr Gomm, Lucy Wren, said: “The festival has been an amazing opportunity to celebrate together the last 25 years of Carr Gomm. Every day our amazing staff support people, who have a wide range of reasons for needing some help, to have safe and fulfilled lives. 

“I am incredibly proud of the work we do changing people's lives, and the Festival has been an amazing way to thank everyone for their hard work and commitment to changing lives.”

The charity is celebrating 25 years since it first started supporting people in East Lothian in 1998. 

At this time, social care was reliant on residential institutions and there were very few organisations that provided individualised support to people so that they could live in their own homes and remain connected to their community.

This is the driving force behind their Big Carr Gomm Challenge fundraiser - to provide places and opportunities where people can connect with others in their community and feel supported. 

The charity is over quarter of the way to its £25,000 target to fund activities like music workshops, games groups, days out, and community gardens.