Tennis partnership between Leonard Cheshire and Wimbledon goes from strength to strength

27 June 2016

Hundreds of vulnerable people have been supported thanks to Leonard Cheshire Disability’s partnership with the Wimbledon Foundation, the charity of the All England Lawn Tennis Club.

Randall Close day centre in Wandsworth was awarded £66,420 in funding from the foundation last year.

Presenter Sian Welby handing out blankets with two older people'Winter Warming' sessions helped those at risk to stay warm and better insulate their homes, while 'Keep Warm' packs provided hats, gloves, soup and where needed heaters and duvets.

A long relationship

Young Leonard Cheshire with the Oxford University tennis teamThe tennis championships have a long relationship with our charity, going back to the days when Leonard Cheshire himself was an annual visitor to the All England Club.

He competed against three-time Wimbledon champion Ken Fletcher and entered a Wimbledon seniors’ competition in 1979.

Continuing to this day

Jordanne Whiley MBE, a reigning Wimbledon and US Open Champion in wheelchair tennis, has been supporting Leonard Cheshire Disability over the last 12 months with fundraising and campaigning.

Jordanne Whiley pretending to serve a cake with her tennis racquet

Check out her matches this year and you’ll see her sporting the Leonard Cheshire logo on her Wimbledon whites!

Adapted tennis sessions are also run by activity co-ordinators on behalf of many of our charity’s services nationwide.

'Tennis was Leonard Cheshire’s favourite sport, from his school days through university and into later life.

'He would be pleased to know that the charity’s relationship with the sport continues to flourish, and proud at how many disabled people have benefited as a result.' — Stephanie Nield, Leonard Cheshire Disability archive manager

Leonard Cheshire with local tennis players on visit to Mangalore in March 1970


The winner of the wheelchair doubles supports Leonard Cheshire Disability, yay.

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