2017: the centenary of Leonard Cheshire's birth
Our founder, Group Captain Leonard Cheshire, was born on 7 September 1917. To celebrate 100 years since his birth, we have a year-long plan of activities.
100 for 100
Take on the challenge of doing 'something' involving the number 100, for the 100 years since Leonard Cheshire's birth!
Or bake 100 cakes to sell. Or hop on the spot 100 times. Read 100 books, or run 100 miles (perhaps over 100 days instead of all at once!).
No idea is too big or too small. Find out what others are doing and choose your own 100 for 100 challenge.
Alet Bosman is just one of the people who have shared their story with us. Alet has been the manager of the Eric Miles Cheshire Home in South Africa since 1984.
Cheshire Smile centenary edition
The Cheshire Smile was our in-house magazine from 1954 to 1999, edited and produced by disabled people. To celebrate our founder's centenary year, we've revived the Cheshire Smile, to honour the past and inspire the future.
National Portrait Gallery
On the 21 September the National Portrait Gallery is hosting a lecture on the life of our founder.
Leonard's biographer Richard Morris will be examining Leonard's journey from RAF pilot to founding our charity. Tickets are £3 each.
How we've celebrated so far
100th accessible kitchen
The Manor residents will be cooking up a storm in their new inclusive kitchen, thanks to Howdens Joinery!
It's the 100th accessible kitchen they've donated to us — coincidentally in the centenary year of our founder's birth.
On Thursday 8 June, 200 guests gathered at London’s Guildhall to celebrate 100 years since the birth of our founder Leonard Cheshire. The evening raised over £120,000 excluding Gift Aid.
We were joined by special guest musician, TV presenter and band leader Jools Holland OBE.
Tour de Cymru
Their Tour de Cyrmu cycle ride raised over £10,000 to help create more sporting opportunities for disabled people.
Film maker and educator Lord Puttnam delivered the annual Merton Equality Conversation 2017 in memory of our founder at Merton College Oxford.
Titled ‘Duty of care’, Lord Puttnam speech highlighted more people had ‘a duty of care’ to the world they lived in, and in particular to disabled people.
Our amazing supporters joined Action on Hearing Loss volunteers to walk across 15 metres of red hot embers to raise money for the two charities.
A new-look logo
To emphasise the centenary is of the birth of Leonard Cheshire himself, we've updated our logo. But the name of our charity — the legacy of our founder — remains Leonard Cheshire Disability.