Chipstead care home hosts Rio carnival as leading disability charity celebrates Paralympics

20 September 2016

  • Olympics rings cake made for Chipstead LakeBrazilian culture and family fun day at specialist service. 
  • Events part of Leonard Cheshire programme for Paralympic year.

The spirit of Rio came to Kent last weekend at Leonard Cheshire Disability’s Chipstead Lake service for disabled adults, which hosted the latest of ten nationwide carnivals organised by the charity to celebrate the Paralympic Games.

Cheers went up throughout the day on 17 September as people watched ParalympicsGB win a record medal haul, with steel drums providing a fitting soundtrack.

The final total now stands at 147 medals: 64 gold, 39 silver and 44 bronze.

Residents, staff, friends and families came together to enjoy a huge barbecue with bar service provided by a local pub, and a specially designed Rio 2016 cake.

Christine Simpson, who has lived at Chipstead Lake for 36 years, said:

‘It was really good fun and the steel drum band was fantastic. I think the amount of medals GB has won is brilliant.

‘I hope it encourages more people to take part in sport in the future. It goes to show that having a disability isn’t a barrier to achieving things!’

Building on the success of its long-running programmes supporting participation in everything from tennis to boccia to snooker, Leonard Cheshire Disability is currently looking at which sports and activities to run more widely post-Paralympics.

Kerry learning to play the steel drumsThe carnival atmosphere continues at Chipstead Lake, with team leader and event organiser Kerry Pidwell taking up steel drum lessons after they proved to be a huge hit with everyone.

Kevin Parkes, service manager at Chipstead Lake, said:

‘It was great to see how much everyone enjoyed it — residents, staff, and all the friends and families that turned up on the day.’ 

Leonard Cheshire Disability’s carnivals — our ‘Cheshire Carnivals’ — have been staged across Great Britain throughout August and September.

The Rio roadshows have also visited Bristol, Bath, Gloucester, Inverness, Nottingham, Sutton Coldfield, London and Newport and will be making a final stop in Cumbria this week.

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