Centenary celebrations

Our founder, Group Captain Leonard Cheshire, was born on 7 September 1917. Here is how we celebrated what would have been his 100th birthday in 2017.

A new-look logo

Leonard Cheshire - 100 years of inspirationTo emphasise that the centenary was of the birth of Leonard Cheshire himself, we've updated our logo for 2017.

100 for 100

Nine #100for100 challengesTo celebrate the 100 years since Leonard Cheshire's birth, you took on the challenge of doing 'something' involving the number 100.

Thanks to your amazing efforts we raised a total of £13,915.41!

Read about just some of the challenges you took on in 2017.

100 stories

100 storiesWe spoke 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.

100 miles

Neil completes his walk and meets the Red ArrowsOur chief executive, Neil Heslop walked 100 miles to celebrate our founder's birthday.

The walk took place from Chester, Leonard Cheshire’s birthplace, to RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, where Cheshire trained during the second world war.

‘It is a real privilege to lead Leonard’s charity and I hope in honouring this amazing humanitarian’s impact on the world we can inspire all of us to redouble our efforts to improve the life choices of disabled people.’

— Neil Heslop

100th accessible kitchen

Residents and staff at the Howdens 100th kitchen celebration The Manor residents are cooking up a storm in their new inclusive kitchen, thanks to Howdens Joinery donating their 100th accessible kitchen to us!

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.