Cheshire Carnivals are Rio grand

27 September 2016

In case it escaped your notice, this summer the country, and indeed the world, got into the Paralympic and Olympic spirit! The athletes brought unparallelled success to both ParalympicsGB and TeamGB.

To celebrate, some of our services and projects across the UK decided to bring alive the famous carnival spirit of Rio by hosting a Cheshire Carnival!

We might not have been able to recreate the sunny climate, but as much as possible was done to replicate the spirit of Rio!

Here is how some of our services and projects celebrated the occassion. 

Star jumper

Ryan Raghoo with staff members at a Cheshire CarnivalThe celebrations kicked off at Cossham Gardens care home in Bristol on 5 August, on the day of the Olympic opening ceremony.

Para-athlete and friend of our charity Ryan Raghoo joined residents and staff to enjoyed a day of Brazilian music, food, wheelchair basketball and discus throwing! The atmosphere was truly special.

‘I couldn't wait to discuss the journey I have had since being born with cerebral palsy, and enjoy the Brazilian entertainment together with everyone.’ — Ryan Raghoo

Super Trouper

Ancestor Troupe dancers with Holme Lodge residentsNext up to get into the carnival spirit was Holme Lodge! The residents transformed their Nottingham home into Rio for a day.

Mask-making and Paralympic quizzing were just some of the day's activities but it was performances from Ancestor Troupe dancers which completely stole the show!

‘All staff and volunteers joined in the fun, and were dragged up to dance by our highlight of the evening, the Ancestor Troupe dancers.’ — Julia Carter, volunteer coordinator

Out with a bhangra

Greenacres staff and residents enjoying their Cheshire CarnivalsThe Rio roadshow next rolled into our Greenacres care home in Sutton Coldfield on 10 September.

A local children’s karate groups, a young bhangra drumming group and a steel drum player entertained residents and staff as they cheered on ParalympicsGB.

‘It was a really good day. I loved the atmosphere, the music, the food — everything.’ — Peter Cusack, resident

Flamingoing for gold

Can Doers enjoying their Cheshire CarnivalThere ain't no party like a Can Do party! This was certainly the case when Can Doers in Newport brought their own version of Rio to life on 14 September.

The velodrome sports village was kitted out with flamingos, pompoms and Rio flags while Can Do volunteers enjoyed nibbles and mocktails!

They also watched another incredible day of achievements for ParalympicsGB.

‘We are really enjoying watching and celebrating the Paralympics this month and a large number of our young Can Doers are joining in the celebrations.’ — Katrina Jones, Can Do project coordinator

Drummers steel the show

Olympics rings cake made for Chipstead LakeIn Kent, our Chipstead Lake care home celebrated the games with a barbecue, bar service and a specially designed Rio 2016 cake!

Steel drums provided the perfect soundtrack as residents and staff watched ParalympicsGB win a record medal haul on 14 September.

‘It was really good fun and the steel drum band was fantastic.’ — Christine Simpson, resident

Heavy medal

Councillor Richard Field, Randall Close manager William Gallagher, people's director David Jessop with Rio Samba Dancers.Every day is a party at our Randall Close service, so it came as no surprise they truly embraced Rio for their Cheshire Carnival.

The Mayor of Wandsworth, Councillor Richard Field joined clients, family and friends for a day of Brazilian music and films but it was London-based Rio samba dancers which really got the party started!

The carnival ended in true Paralympic style with an award ceremony honouring volunteers for their long years of service.

‘I really enjoyed myself at the carnival, and as ever spending time at Randall Close was a pleasure.’— Councillor Richard Field, Mayor of Wandsworth

There's a Rio and a kitchen

Everyone enjoying YouthAbility's cheshire carnivalYouthAbility Cumbria were last, but by no means least, when it came to throwing a carnival!

Friends, family and the Mayor of Barrow-In-Furness, Councillor Anita Husband, joined the celebrations, which included live music from Furness Blast and a barbecue!

The celebrations also extended to the unveiling of Walney Community Centre's new fully accessible kitchen, thanks to Howdens Joinery.

‘It was fabulous to see everyone enjoying themselves, the band was wonderful.’ — Councillor Anita Husband, Mayor of Barrow-In-Furness

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