Charity partners make patron’s lunch possible for disabled guests

10 May 2016

Disabled guests living at services run by the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability will be among 10,000 people attending The Patron’s Lunch, thanks to a generous gift from two of the charity’s partners.

Guests from Cambridgeshire, Essex, Glasgow, Hertfordshire, Northern Ireland and Wales will enjoy a street party on the Mall to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday on Sunday 12 June courtesy of Howdens Joinery and The Hospital Saturday Fund. 

Howdens Joinery has supported Leonard Cheshire Disability for 12 years, and the Hospital Saturday Fund has worked with the charity for 16 years. Each will be making places available at The Patron’s Lunch event through table sponsorship.

The Patron’s Lunch will see the Mall transformed into a vibrant, street celebration with a hamper lunch and parade entertainment for guests.

Linda and Richard sitting on a benchAmong the lucky attendees is Richard Stewart, who has been a tenant at Leonard Cheshire Disability’s Taylor Cheshire House in Belfast since August 1994.

Richard served in the army and suffered a brain injury during his service. He will be attending with Lynda Graham, a dedicated and caring team leader.

Richard said: 'I’ve always liked the royal family, and am really looking forward to the lunch. I served in the armed forces, so it means a lot to celebrate the Queen’s birthday and her service to our country.'

Over the years, an amazing 150 Howdens staff members have taken part in the Great North Run in support of Leonard Cheshire Disability. The company has also supported young disabled adults through the charity’s innovative Can Do volunteering programme, as well as providing accessible kitchens in the charity’s services across the UK.

Bill Everett from Howdens said: 'We are really proud of our partnership with Leonard Cheshire. Through it, we have the opportunity to support disabled people to learn new skills, participate in community life and maintain their independence. The Patron’s Lunch will be a momentous occasion and we’re really happy to be involved.'

The Hospital Saturday Fund has generously supported Leonard Cheshire Disability through their grants programme, enabling hundreds of disabled people to take part in therapeutic group activities using ‘eye gaze’, an assistive technology that uses movements in the eyes to help a person communicate. They have also provided special exercise equipment to help residents’ fitness.

Stephen Duff of The Hospital Saturday Fund said: 'We’re delighted to continue supporting Leonard Cheshire with technology that can help disabled people with essential communication and exercise, and provide better social and physical wellbeing. The Patron’s Lunch is another way we can show how proud we are to support such a great charity.'

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