10 September 2013: The Purple Pineapples walked, bumped and jumped to victory at a fun sports day organised by Beds Garden Carers at Russell Park.

Beds Garden Carers is a small Bedford-based charity that is dedicated to providing work experience and education for adults with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour.

Its relentless pursuit of providing life and work experiences to those in need caught the attention of staff at Cardington-based Capita SIMS who volunteered their services during its recent fun sports day.

The Purple Pineapples, Pink Dragons, Green Leprechauns and Yellow Chickens all threw themselves into a variety of events which included an egg and spoon race, a three-legged race, belly bumping and even welly throwing.

Sharon Hart, chief officer at Beds Garden Carers, said: “Alison Paris and her team of lovely ladies from Capita ran our refreshments tent which proved rather popular on what turned out to be a glorious summer day. The Purple Pineapples were victorious at the end of a packed schedule of fun events. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Great weather, great support – what more can a small charity ask for. Thank you Capita.”

Jacquie Richards, internal communications executive at Capita SIMS, added: “We felt immensely privileged to be part of such an amazing day. The sound of laughter could be heard for miles. All the carers and clients that we met had boundless energy and such infectious enthusiasm. It was a fantastic experience and we all very much look forward to working with Beds Garden Carers again in the very near future.”

Capita SIMS provides over 22,000 schools in the UK with their school’s management information system (MIS). The system is used to store and track attainment, attendance and behaviour data on pupils, which can be used by school leaders and teachers to drive improvement in schools.

For more information about Beds Garden Carers, visit www.bedsgardencarers.org.uk.

Twitter cue: Purple Pineapples add a splash of colour to #BedsGardenCarers fun sports day with a little help from #CapitaSIMS http://bit.ly/15NQIgM


Ref: CAP1120

Issue date: 10/09/13

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About Capita SIMS:

Capita SIMS is the leading supplier of information systems to the education sector, providing a range of software and services to schools and local authorities to help raise standards and reduce administration. Capita’s SIMS is the most popular management information system for schools and is used every day by more than 22,000 educational establishments in the UK.

Website: www.capita-sims.co.uk.

Twitter: @CapitaSIMS