The Varsity Match 2016

For the first time in six years Cambridge beat Oxford in a 23-18 result while the Oxford's women's team took the title back as they beat their opponents 3-0. 

Residents from Leonard Cheshire homes were invited to come along and watch the match as well as people who use our Wandsworth day centre, Randall Close celebrating the relationship between Varsity Match and the charity at an auction and lunch at the venue. 

Also invited to the lunch were Leonard Cheshire Disability trustee and former England rugby international Alastair Hignell as well as decorated Paralympian swimmer Stephanie Millward.

Stephanie won five medals in Rio, including a gold for the 100m backstroke and the 4x100m medley relay.

She said:

‘Sport is so important because you get fitter and healthier.

‘Even if it’s only a small bit, if you’re spending 20 minutes a day doing sport, it gives you power and motivation for the day.

‘I think more opportunities for disabled people are necessary. In other areas, where you don’t have as many opportunities, it can leave people isolated and left at home which is demoralising.

‘I’ve been chasing the dream since I was four years old, I have been wanting a gold medal around my neck, and all these years later I have got that. Whatever hurdles got in my way, I got through them.’

It was a successful and memorable day for both guests and beneficiaries — with an amazing £40,000 raised in total from the event!