Cheshire Carnivals bringing a taste of Rio this summer

4 August 2016

10 Leonard Cheshire Disability care homes are hosting Cheshire Carnivals to celebrate the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic games.

The carnivals, being held in August and September, will bring together Brazilian culture and accessible sport.

A taste of Rio

A resident with a staff member taking part in discus throwing at a Cheshire Carnival

Bristol's Cossham Garden was the first to host a Cheshire Carnival on Friday 5 August — coinciding with the Olympic opening ceremony.

There were Brazilian drinks, food, music and entertainment for the home's residents, staff, friends and family to enjoy.

Guests were also able to take part in a range of activities, from wheelchair dancing and basketball to discus throwing and even ‘rocket launching’.

Starring role

British record-holding athlete Ryan Raghoo also took part in the celebrations.

Ryan demonstrated his long-jumping prowess and described the ways people of all ability can be supported into sport.

Ryan Raghoo with staff members at a Cheshire Carnival

‘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

Marking the Paralympics

The Cheshire Carnivals are just one of the ways the we are marking the Paralympics this year.

We began by highlighting the barriers disabled people face when trying to access sport.

Since then we have enabled disabled people to enjoy snooker at the world-renowned Crucible.

Jordanne Whiley, 2016 Wimbledon champion, Rio Paralympian and Leonard Cheshire Disability supporter

We also joined forces with Wimbledon wheelchair tennis champion Jordanne Whiley, to highlight the benefits sport can have on mental health, and athletics and cycling world record holder Kadeena Cox, to challenge the misconceptions of disability.

The Rio roadshow will also roll into Bath, Cumbria, Gloucester, Inverness, Kent, London, Newport, Nottingham and Sutton Coldfield.

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