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!


100 for 100 — what's your challengeIt could be anything. For example, you can challenge your friends to eat as many sweets or crackers as you can in 100 seconds.

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.

100 stories

100 storiesWe've spoken to 100 people with a personal connection to Leonard Cheshire — whether directly, or though the charitable work which is his legacy.

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.

You can read Alet's memories of Leonard on the 100 stories website.

Cheshire Smile centenary edition

Cover of the centenary edition of the Cheshire SmileThe 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.

Download a PDF of the centenary Cheshire Smile.

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. 

Do you have a memory of Leonard Cheshire? We'd love to hear from anyone who met him! Share your memories.

How we've celebrated so far

100th accessible kitchen

Residents and staff at the Howdens 100th kitchen celebration 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.

Gala dinner

Gala dinner guestsOn 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

Tour de Cymru teamA group of keen Welsh cyclists took on a 350-mile cycle ride travelling from Anglesey in north Wales to Gwent in south Wales.

Their Tour de Cyrmu cycle ride raised over £10,000 to help create more sporting opportunities for disabled people.

Oxford lecture

Lord Puttnam speaking at Merton CollegeFilm 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.


Group photo of people who took part in the firewalkOur 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

Leonard Cheshire - 100 years of inspirationTo 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.