100 stories celebrates Leonard Cheshire's 100th birthday year

13 February 2017

100 storiesLeading international charity Leonard Cheshire Disability has launched today a new collection of stories from past and present, celebrating what would have been its founder’s 100th birthday year.

Entitled ‘100 Stories’ the web-based project reveals the wide range of people the disability charity has reached around the world — from its beginnings in 1948, up until the present day.

Chief executive Neil Heslop said:

‘We are very proud of our heritage, with our work today supporting thousands of disabled people around the world through their journey towards independence and inclusion.

‘These stories show how far reaching and relevant Leonard Cheshire’s vision continues to be a hundred years after his birth.’

Stories range from those who worked with Group Captain Leonard Cheshire VC in creating what was then the Leonard Cheshire Foundation, to modern day friends and supporters who include Lord Puttnam, Alan Titchmarsh, Jane Asher and Cathy Newman. There are also stories from present day people who use Leonard Cheshire Disability services and staff both in the UK and around the world.

The project is part of a year celebrating what would have been Leonard Cheshire’s 100th birthday — honouring the past and inspiring the future.

Throughout 2017, the charity will be hosting events, talks, lectures, programmes and sharing its amazing history on a dedicated website, as well as promoting its work in the UK and around the world.

Other events include flag days and birthday parties around the world on 7 September 2017 (which would have been Leonard’s 100th birthday), talks and speeches to schools and the rehanging of Leonard’s portrait at the National Portrait Gallery.

A lecture on equality and access to education for disabled people at Merton College, Oxford will be given on 7 March 2017 by Leonard’s close friend and film maker, Lord Puttnam. 

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