News - 2018

Well done Kevin !

As a joint organiser of the recent Mears Housing Management Christmas Party, Kevin was unable to enter the raffle they held on the night in order to remain impartial so it is ironic that, just a few days later, he was  fortunate enough to pick up first prize in the Mears Foundation Christmas Raffle; the adage that good things come to those who wait has certainly rung true on this occasion!

Congratulations again Kevin and thank you for your continued support.

Congratulations to the lucky winners of our Christmas Raffle!

Congratulations to our lucky raffle winners!

Carly Boggis - Argos Voucher – Welwyn Garden
Lisa-Marie.ClarksonFire HD 8GB – Devizes
Kevin Wilmot- Harrods Hamper – Enfield

Thanks to everyone who participated and helped make our Christmas raffle a success!

We appreciate your generosity and can't wait to do it again next year.

Mears Foundation Christmas raffle ending Friday 14th December at 3pm

Last chance to purchase your MF raffle ticket..

Tickets cost £2 each and you can buy as many as you like to be in with a chance of winning a fantastic prize in time for Christmas.
The prizes are:
· £250 Harrods Knightsbridge Christmas Hamper
· Kindle Fire HD Tablet 8GB
· £100 Argos Voucher

Visit the Mears Foundation web site to purchase your tickets.
The raffle closes on Friday 14th December at 3pm and the winners will be drawn the following day ensuring you receive your prize before the big day

Thank you for supporting the Mears Foundation.

Season’s Greetings

The season of warmth, joy and good cheer is here.

Enjoy the spirit of the season with your family, friends, and acquaintances.

As another year draws to an end, our warmest greetings and best wishes for the New Year, we would like to thank everyone for your continued support.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! May it bring you joy, health and when the New Year arrives.  It brings new ideas and hopes for us to make our lives good to better and better to best.

Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone

We may be dreaming of a white Christmas, but for many this time of year brings anything but festive cheer.

Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting oneself and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.

So, as we celebrate this Christmas season, may we ask you all to remember others less fortunate than ourselves.

Tis the season of goodwill......

Our Christmas raffle is now open!

Our Christmas raffle is now open!

Win a fantastic £250 Harrods Christmas Hamper, a Kindle Fire HD 8GB Tablet or a £100 Argos Voucher, just in time for Christmas!

With every ticket you buy, not only do you have a chance to win great prizes, but you are also supporting the Mears Foundation.

Tickets are only £2 each and you can buy as many as you wish.

The draw will be performed by a random computer process. The draw will take place Friday 14th December.

The winner will be notified by email on Friday 14th December.

Every ticket you buy will increase your chances to win.

Buy your tickets now...

The raffle is open to Mears employee’s only

MF donate £1000 to Sunshine & Smiles

We are honoured to award Sunshine and Smiles £1000 towards running their groups & activities.

Please keep up the great work you are doing in Leeds for children and young people who have Down syndrome and supporting their families.

MF Christmas raffle 3rd - 14 December 2018

It’s hard to believe it’s nearly Christmas again, every year it seems to come around more and more quickly!

Save the date to enter our Christmas raffle and a chance to win  specular prizes.

Good luck!

100-year anniversary of Armistice Day

The 100-year anniversary of Armistice Day will be a big event, the important thing is that time never forgets those who gave their lives.

On the centenary of the Armistice, it is right that we come together to give thanks to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and those who returned home to help shape the world we live in today.


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them.


Lets give thanks for peace and those who returned from the Great War a century ago.


Thank you note received from Butterflies Children's Charity

It was a pleasure to assist the Butterflies Children Charity with a donation.

Part of doing good work is caring deeply about it, believing in what you're doing.

Keep up the good work!

The Big Ultra Challenge Series 2019…

Fancy doing something charitable and getting fit at the same time?

The Mears Foundation have received an invite to enter a team for Ultra Challenge Series 2019.

There is a total of 10 Challenges in the 2019 Series – 9 of which include the full 100km challenge option and the finale North Downs 50 challenge taking place at the end of September.

Once you have applied and registered with us, we will send you the Welcome Pack which includes each of the challenges.

What unites all these challenges is that they’re true adventures: sometimes daunting, often gruelling, occasionally terrifying, and always life-affirming.

Any questions please e-mail:-

We look forward to hearing from you.

Congratulations on receiving a Foundation grant!

We are pleased to provide funding to the following organizations:-

The Fifth Trust - £1000
Forest of Avon Forest school - £250
Sunshine & Smile - £1000 
Sutton Shopmobility - £250
The Key - £250
Cerebra - £250
Butterflies Children's Charity - £1000 
Vision 21 Cheltenham - £1000

Your dedication and service is appreciated.

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Only 75 days until Christmas!!!!!

Watch this space for your chance to win some amazing prizes.

The Mears Foundation Christmas raffle will run from 3rd to 14th December 2018

Fingers crossed that you're be one of the lucky ones to win!

The raffle is open to all Mears employees only.

Don't forget...

Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible purchases to the Mears Foundation when you shop via the Amazon link on our home page.

*The donation will be made at no extra cost to you.

Happy shopping!

A Day To remember - The Great North Run ......

Congratulations to Kevin Morrow (MF Trustee) and his wife Helen for completing the Great North Run over the weekend.

Kevin and Helen had an amazing day with lots of support along the route, it was a tough challenge but crossed they crossed the finish line with a time of 2 Hrs 39 minutes.

Helen and Kevin raised a grand total £700 for Bloodwise.

Bumper crowds at Scottish fun day !


What a fun day!

Everyone who attended had a splendid time at M & D’s Scotland last Saturday.

We cannot thank everyone enough for all the hard work in making the day such a success.

This year, the Mears Foundation were able to raise a fantastic £530.10 at the Fun day to support the charity’s work.

A big thank you to everyone for their generous donations and who attend the Mears Foundation marquee.

See you next year for another best day out!

(*Mears Foundation Tombola winners picture attached)

Only 4 days to go!

The countdown is well and truly on for the return to the M&D's Theme Park on Saturday 1st September for the Mears Fun day Scotland. 10am – 6pm (exclusive use for Mears until 12 noon).
*Gates open 9am.

A guaranteed great day out for families and friends. There really is something to do for everyone, with an abundance of exciting activities on offer.

Attendees have a lot to look forward to with the 2018 fun day promising to be bigger and better!
Ah the weather! It is one of our favourite topics of conversation after all. The forecast at the moment is 17° with scattered showers

Remember you’ll be outside a lot, so make sure you’ve dressed sensibly.

We can’t wait to see you at the Mears Foundation marquee.

See you on Saturday!

British Transplant Games MF Donation

The games are a chance for anyone across the country who has had a transplant of any kind , ages from as young as 2 up to sometimes 80+ to take part in various sporting activities from the more sedentary ones like ten pin bowling and darts to track and field events and swimming. The whole ethos of the games is for transplant recipients to show their thanks to their donors and donor families.

The event is open for all abilities and skill levels and in fact the person coming last is always the person who gets the most cheers! Team Portsmouth came back with 7 golds, 3 silvers and a 2 bronzes. It was as always a very inspiring and emotional event and feels like one big extended family. We even became part of the Guinness book of records with having the most transplant recipients in one room (724)!

The team were very grateful for the Mears Foundation for their donation of £250 which went towards new shorts and tracksuit bottoms for our team.

Congratulations on your grant award

Congratulations to the below charites/projects on your grant award:-

Mears Care Balmoral place memory room - £1000
Mears South Cambs super kitchen project - £1000
Glos Young carers - £1000
Strongbones Children's Charitable Trust £1000
Happy Kids playscheme £250
The Rainbow Centre for bereaved children £250
Active Teens £250
Haven House Children's Hospice £1000
Kids Cancer charity £1000
Nicodemus £500
Whizz-Kidz £500

The Mears Foundation have chosen to support these charities based on specific criteria.

Please know that your efforts are important and worthy causes.

Gilesgate Primary School MF Donation

Debbie Kerr (Customer Care Manager - Mears -Newcastle upon Tyne) met with Mark Turner, Head teacher at Gilesgate Primary School, on Monday, 16th July to present the cheque from the Mears Foundation. Debbie had the pleasure of meeting all of the children and presenting the cheque at their celebration assembly which was amazing.

As part of the school's KPI's they get involved in various projects and initiatives, and one of the biggest projects they are currently involved in is the OPAL (Outdoor Play & Learning) Programme which engages pupils in active play at breaks & lunchtimes.

This develops creativity amongst the pupils as they play and ultimately fosters teamwork amongst the pupils by working with others as they play. All of this means that there is greater cooperation amongst the pupils, which in turn, leads to a reduced number of behaviour incidents in the playground.

Children have always developed all of the key skills they will need for the future (soft skills as we know it) through playing every single day and Mark was extremely grateful for this very kind donation which they will put towards the OPAL Programme.

We got a massive thank you from the children, they raised the roof in fact, and a huge round of applause. We can safely say the donation from the Mears Foundation will have a huge impact on the programme.

Debbie has been invited to return to see what the money has paid for so watch this space...another partnership has been forged and hearts touched by the Mears Foundation.

The children made a Thank You for the Mears Foundation.

We are so grateful for the time and effort the children at Gilesgate Primary School have made in creating a wonderful thank you card.

MF Summer raffle winner..

Wow I’ve won!

What a great way to help the foundation and win some great prizes (Not sure my diet will like it)

Thanks again and I can't wait for the next one!

Nathan, was so happy and excited to hear the news that he had won the Pizza Hut vouchers in our summer raffle.

Thank you for the feedback and your support Nathan.

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Congratulations to our lucky raffle winners!

Our hearty congratulations to our prize winners…

Nathan Roberts £100 worth of Pizza Hut vouchers  - Medway Branch

Kevin Hughes Fortnum and Mason Grosvenor Hamper - Peterlee Branch


Thank you so much to everyone who took part in our  Summer raffle.

Your support is vitally important and greatly appreciated.

Mears Funday Scotland 2018 – Registrations Open

We return to M&D's Theme Park on Saturday 1st September for the Mears Funday in Scotland.

We will have exclusive use of rides and attractions in the morning, before the Park opens to the public, along with lots of exciting plans for the Mears Zone.

Registrations for the Funday are now open!

Remember that tickets are free for you and up to three family members.

Mears employees only

See you there!


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Have you entered our Summer raffle yet?

Get in on all the action and your chance to win a The Fortnum and Mason Grosvenor Hamper or £100 Pizza Hut voucher.

Tickets are just £2 each and you can buy as many as you wish.

Ticket money will be deducted from your salary so it’s quick and easy to enter – just go to

Raffle closes Thursday 12th July 5pm

Play our Summer Raffle today!

Countdown to the MF Summer raffle…

Our Summer Raffle 2018 will be live from 2nd July – 12th July.

Enter our summer raffle for a chance to win a luxury Fortnum & Mason's hamper or Pizza Hut vouchers.

Raffle tickets are available via the Mears Foundation website at, from 2nd July – 12th July 2018.

£2.00 per ticket

The cost of tickets purchased will be deducted from your pay.

Closing date for ticket purchases is 5 p.m. on Thursday 12th July 2018

Strictly for Mears Employees only

Enter now for your chance to win!

Good luck!

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Mears Foundation Newmarket Walk, Suffolk, 6th June 2018

There were 12 attendees who joined the walk from as far as Derby, Mansfield, Laindon and Norwich, they had a great day the sun was shining and everyone was totally committed. They managed to finish the walk in just less than 5 hours with a lunchtime stop.

Well done walkers.

MF cheque donated to HASAG charity

Nicola Yeates recently delivered a MF cheque to HASAG charity

" We are a charity dedicated to helping people suffering from asbestos related diseases and their families throughout the South of England, South East, London and Home Counties. Providing a complete source of help and support for anyone with an asbestos -related disease and their loved ones.

Our free services include:
Home Visits
Information about asbestos related diseases
Help and advice on benefits and compensation
Monthly support group coffee mornings
Always dedicated to helping anyone affected from asbestos
We would use the monies received to go towards supporting newly diagnosed patients and their families, this would include benefits advice, ongoing support, signposting and funding our coffee mornings. At our coffee mornings we have nurses and solicitors on hand to offer invaluable advice and support to those who need it."

Thank you for the feedback Lynne Squibb.

Save the date !

We return to Scotland's M&D's Theme Park on Saturday 1st September 2018.

We will have exclusive use of rides and attractions in the morning, before the Park opens to the public, along with lots of exciting plans for the Mears Zone.

See you there!

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MF Summer Raffle 2018

Look out for details on our next raffle coming soon!

Take part in the Mears Foundation summer raffle for the chance of winning one of our fantastic prizes.

The Great Enfield Bake Off

The staff of Mears Housing Management and Mears 24/7 based in Enfield joined forces on Friday 18 May to bake and, most importantly, eat cakes to raise funds for the Mears Foundation.

Each cake was judged by three culinary afficianados (or, in other words, people who know how to eat cake!) and then the cakes were sold to staff at 50p per slice.

The standard was again very high but, eventually two cakes rose to the top.
Koulla Solomon from Mears 24/7 was our master baker this time around with an excellent chocolate and strawberry gateau that drew special praise from the judges for its presentation. Koulla is pictured here with the judging panel; previous bake off winner Mirela Cristache, Diane Carter and Kevin Wilmot.

In total, another excellent MHM event raised £75 for the Mears Foundation.

A special thank you to all who purchased, worked, and promoted the Enfield bake sale last week. It was a wonderful team effort and proved to be a great success!

Isle of Wight Ultra Challenge!!

Congratulations to the incredible Mears team of challengers who took on and completed the inaugural Isle of Wight Challenge.

This was no walk in the park though, fresh aches, pains and an enduring challenge.

Very proud to say the team completed the challenge in 28 hrs 44 minutes!

The Mears team have managed to raise over £4,000 in the process for the Mears Foundation.

A huge thank you for your support team Mears…

Thank you for your support - Mears Fun Day

We had a great  time at our Fun Day, thank you to everyone who attended.

A huge thank you to everyone who came down to the Mears Foundation marquee, we raised a fantastic amount for the Foundation.

Mears Fun Day - Drayton Manor - Weather watch

Mostly cloudy on Saturday with further spells of showery rain, coming and going throughout the day. Any brightness limited to the far north and west. Maximum temperature 10 °C.

April showers will not put a damper on our fun day ..

Have a great time and make lots of wonderful memories.

Travel safely... see you tomorrow



Wath upon Dearne, Rotherham - 25th April 2018

Thank you, to our wonderful volunteers and amazing colleagues for turning out for our recent walk

Mears Foundation Scottish Walk

Scotland celebrated another successful Mears Foundation sponsored walk on the 24th April. Joining Bob Holt on the day was Gerry Malone, David Holt and 22 apprentices from Coatbridge, 3 exchange electrical students from Portugal and 6 care staff from Alva.

Luck was shining on all as the weather walking through the capital of Scotland was perfect.

The walk started in Balerno, following the Waters of Leith rivers and canal networks taking in some of the city's finest natural, historical and cultural areas and sights in between. Passing places such as Stockbridge, Dean Village and the wonderful Murrayfield Stadium, before completing the walk in Leith.

Great day, great fun for a great charity.

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Norwich City Powerchair Football Club receive MF donation

Norwich City Powerchair Football Club (NCPFC) The Football Club for Powered Wheelchair Users!

By providing powered wheelchair NCPFC users, typically those disabled with severe physical impairments, are given the opportunity to play competitive team sport (typically for the first time), not only does the club serve to enhance social inclusion for that minority group, more importantly it provides the individual concerned with a sense of achievement.

We were approached by Tracey Coleman who runs the club who required help with funding.

Mandi Blake-Tracy (Branch Manager at Mears Care Norwich) met with two of the players for the Norwich City Powerball Football Club one of which we provide care for, and kindly presented the cheque donated by the Mears Foundation.

Good luck to all our Scottish walkers

Tomorrow is the Leith, Scotland walk.

We would like to wish everyone the best of luck on the day and hope you have lots of fun and thank you for all your support.

The countdown to Mears Fun Day has begun!

The countdown with inclusive family fun to Drayton Manor has begun.

Build up the excitement for a great day, we have lots of fun activities planned for all the family!

Join the Mears Foundation team for a fantastic jamboree with a spin on the tombola.

Create fun family memories at Drayton Manor Park.

Our annual Fun Day is organised as a MASSIVE thank you from the Executive team for all the hard work you do each and every day. 

If you haven’t registered yet, don’t worry, you still have time.

World Heritage trail ...

Good luck to our Wallsend walkers tomorrow.

A World Heritage Site since 1987, Hadrian’s Wall is an astounding feat of engineering. It’s the best known and the best preserved frontier of the Roman Empire.

Just think about labourers who built Hadrian’s Wall and the soldiers who must have marched alongside it. It’s thought to have taken three legions of infantrymen from the army of Britain around six years to complete.

Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far…

Thank you note received from Spadework

Please accept our warmest thanks for providing support and training for adults with learning and physical disabilities in Offham.

We are delighted to be able to assist you with your projects.


We are pleased to provide funding to the following organizations:-

Scarboccia Club

The Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC)

Kinship Ireland NI

Signal _ Building deaf friendly communities

Special Autism Services (formally known as Sacar)

Hope for Tomorrow

Your dedication and service is appreciated.

MF Review for 2017…..

2017 passed by so incredibly quickly, largely due to just how much we have achieved! 

Fund-raising total £25,192.80
Grants £5,800 - 22 charities
Loneliness grants £6,425 - 27 projects
Walks - Total raised £8,300 - £5,800 for the foundation & £2,500 over 15 other charities

On behalf of the Mears Foundation trustees, we would like to thank you all for your continued support, enthusiasm, dedication and passion.

We have even better things on the horizon already for 2018...

Congratulations Richard !

Richard Bowman, from Mears Shepway won The Family Easter Box in our raffle.

Richard stated…” It was a lovely surprise to win and I'm sure certain people (not mentioning any names as it will get me in trouble) will be enjoying the prize for me over the Easter break. Thank you and such a great cause to do the raffle in aid of The Mears Foundation.”

Thank you for your feedback Richard, have a lovely Easter with your family.

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Easter Greetings !

Easter symbolises the renewal of life.

Easter gives hope for tomorrow, as after the winter comes spring.

Enjoy all the chocolate treats and all the goodies that come with the holidays.

Have a wonderful Easter all!

Mears Care Elgin branch Memory Tree

Mears Care Elgin branch had a caring memory tree, where people wrote messages on a tree and shared memories of loved ones. 

They raised £245.50 which was donated to Mears Foundation.

“Nothing can ever take away the love hearts holds, dear fond memories linger every day, remembrance keep them near”

Thank you Elgin branch your support means so much to us.

A CHILLY start could not stop today’s Dovestone walkers!

The British climate is notoriously changeable, but this did not put of today’s Dovestone walkers.

It definitely was a chilly start to the day with some patches of snow on the hills.

Believe it or not, taking a stroll when it's cold can actually be beneficial for both your mind and body.

Walking in colder temperatures also burn more calories because your body will work harder to stay warm.

Well done walkers.

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Spring Has Finally Arrived!!!

Say good-bye to the snow and hello Spring.

The Mears Foundation Spring walks kicks off on Thursday 22nd March, in Greater Manchester.

We would like to wish all our Spring 2018 walkers the very best of luck!

An eggcellent start to the Mears Foundation 2018 Easter Raffle

Winners will get their hands on a rather special  Easter treat.

Easter has never been so delicious!

Thank you for your continued support it is appreciated

Closing date for ticket purchases is 5 p.m. on Thursday 22nd March 2018

Step into Spring with the Mears Foundation Walks...

This year Melissa Scrivin and Anjie Cutts from Mears head office will be participating in the MF Spring Walks in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK. (ARUK)

Melissa completed the Prudential Ride London - Surrey 100 in July last year - a 100 mile ride following the 2012 London Olympic Road Race course.

This is basically the London Marathon for cyclists - 100 miles in one day (a "Century" ride) being a rite of passage for all road cyclists - and this one is on a grand scale!

Melissa support’s Alzheimer's Research UK, as her Grandad suffered from dementia late in life.

Melissa is a novice cyclist and only started the sport July 2016, so with a year's cycling under her belt it was always going to be fun....!

The Marathon was completed comfortably, but slowly, in just over 8 hours. Melissa managed to raise over £800 for ARUK

You too can support a chosen charity or the Mears Foundation.

The MF Spring walks kicks off on 22nd March.

Have you registered?

Delightful afternoon at Kew Gardens For Ann !

Ann Pratt, one of our Christmas raffle winners ventured to the botanical gardens in southwest London last Saturday to enjoy her prize of Prosecco Afternoon Tea and visit to Kew Gardens.

It wasn’t the best day to go as it was cold and raining but nevertheless she had a good day. There was a delightful Thai Orchid display that opened on the day she visited in the Princess of Wales conservatory. The flowers and presentation of them were so pretty. After a wander around the grounds, she hopped on the land train that transports visitors around the grounds and saw all sorts of trees, flowers, bushes, buildings, follies and animals before heading over to the Botanical restaurant to enjoy the Prosecco afternoon tea.

Thank you Ann for your lovely e-mail and your support with our Christmas raffle, it’s so nice to receive such great feedback!

Mears Fun Days 2018 - Save the Date in your diary

28th April 2018 - Drayton Manor and 1st September- M&Ds Scotland, add these dates to your diary for the Mears fun days.

Without a doubt, you will be suitably entertained with so many events and places to visit. There will be lots of activities and loads going on, and memories to be made with your family and friends.

Get ready for a fun filled event with entertainment galore.

See you there!

Digital Life at the Fingertips for Young Bristol !

Paddy Grace (MF trustee) delivered iPads for Young Bristol today.

The Young Bristol team were really grateful for the iPads and will send photos and details of the projects they will be used in as soon as they get going!

Isle of Wight Challenge 2018

With the Isle of Wight Challenge only around the corner the Mears Foundation team are focused with their training program.

With that in mind, we would welcome any donations to help and raise some worthwhile money for the Foundation.

If you' would like to donate, please click on the below link (set up by Team Captain, Mr Kevin Morrow)

Happy training and good luck team MF!

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DePaul, thank you for the certificate...

DePaul, thank you for the certificate.

Glad we could help.

Blue Monday 2018 is TODAY!

Today is Blue Monday, a day many believe to be the most depressing day of the year.
Here are five tips to help you beat the Blue Monday blues:-


· Connect with the people around you
· Be active
· Keep learning
· Give to others
· Be mindful


Enjoy your day!

Mears Care Laindon are tackling 5km of Obstacles!

As part of our social values campaign for 2018 the team from Mears Care Laindon are participating in the Inflatable 5km Running Event at Chelmsford.

Thank you for your support Mears Care Laindon.

Good luck!

Why not join us for one of the Mears Foundation walks?

Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active.

Take a stroll with friends and colleagues, and raise money for worthy causes.

The Mears Foundation walk dates are:-


22nd March Dovestone, Greater Manchester
13th April Hadrian’s Wall, Wallsend, Northumberland
24th April Edinburgh, Scotland
25th April Rotherham, South Yorkshire
1st May Kew Bridge to Vauxhall Bridge, London
30th May Minchinhampton, near Stroud, Gloucestershire
6th June Newmarket, Suffolk

Felix Road Adventure Playground, Bristol. receives donation cheque

Paddy Grace (MF trustee) presented Mandy Wilson and colleague from the Felix Road Adventure Playground, Bristol with a donation cheque from the Mears Foundation.

Mandy said.’Thank you ever so much for your support, you are like the real Santa Claus!'

The adventure playground allows kids to come and go as they please, with no entry fee. Both kids and adults can learn self-defence at the martial arts classes held at the park.