Leonard Cheshire Disability care homes make national, televised competition, with chance to win up to £50,000

21 March 2017

Kevin Gillespie, resident at DanybrynResidents at Leonard Cheshire Disability care homes across Wales will be crossing their ‘green fingers’ they win a national competition, in a bid to win £50,000 of prize money.

As part of The People’s Projects competition, televised on ITV Wales this week, three of the charity’s care homes for physical disabled adults will be hoping to win funding for outdoors, gardening and wildlife activities for disabled people and their local community.

The competition winner will be decided by the public voting for their favourite appeal, in a choice between the Leonard Cheshire homes and four other organisations.

One of Leonard Cheshire’s care home residents, Richard Brock Gunn, who has partial sightedness and is a wheelchair user said:

‘I’m limited in what activities I can normally do due to my sight and wheelchair restrictions but the staff at Leonard Cheshire have helped me to do many things like planting flowers, hanging baskets and pretty much anything my imagination desires.

‘I’d love to do more.’

Public voting opens today and closes noon 3 April.

ITV Wales will screen a short film about Leonard Cheshire Disability between 6pm and 6.30pm on Wednesday 22 March.

This film will be available to view on the competition website as well, where you can also cast your vote.

The People’s Projects is the result of the Big Lottery Fund teaming up with ITV and the National Lottery to give the UK public the chance to decide how funding could make a difference to their area.

If voted one of the top three of five organisations, the care homes Llanhennock Lodge in Newport, Danybryn in Cardiff and Dolywern near Llangollen will win up to £50,000.

Working with charity partners Keep Wales Tidy and the Wildlife Trusts, Leonard Cheshire Disability will create accessible outdoor spaces for residents and their local community to grow their own vegetables and learn how to encourage wildlife into the garden grounds.

Dolywern’s activities organiser and volunteer coordinator, Sylvia Jones from Pontfadog, said:

‘It will make such a difference to the residents at Dolywern if they can enjoy access to the gardens and grow their own vegetables and fruit, which they can then eat for their meals.

‘It gives them more motivation to get out in the fresh air for physical exercise and mental stimulation.’

Leonard Cheshire’s director of operations in Wales, Glynn Meredith said:

‘Leonard Cheshire believes in a society in which every person is equally valued.

‘However, with limited transport options, reduced funding in social care, and few accessible outdoor spaces available, our residents can spend the vast majority of their time indoors.

‘Although this might be a choice for some, a lack of fresh air, exercise and social contact with others reduces self-confidence and well-being.

‘Our residents tell us they would love to be more active outdoors and meet new people.’

The bid for more outdoor activities at Leonard Cheshire services in Wales are part of the charity’s Centenary Garden Project. This is in tribute to the charity’s founder, war hero and global humanitarian Leonard Cheshire, who was born 100 years ago, in September 1917.

Dawn Austwick, Big Lottery Fund chief executive, said:

‘We are proud to support 12,000 projects every year which use the knowledge and ideas of local people to strengthen communities.

‘The People’s Projects is a chance for you to decide how National Lottery funding can benefit your local community, so make sure you have your say on who you think should win!’

Vote now for The Leonard Cheshire Disability Centenary Garden Project.

Please remember you can only vote once per email address. You can vote from anywhere in the UK.

You can also vote by post by sending a postcard to:


Please include the following details: name, address and telephone number of the voter and the name of the project you are voting for.

You need to send your postal vote by last post Wednesday 29 March 2017.

Please remember you can only vote once per person per region.

Media enquires

  1. For further information and interview requests please email Claire Farrell or 020 3242 0204
  2. Leonard Cheshire Disability is the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of services for disabled people. Our services include high-quality care and community support together with innovative projects supporting disabled people into education, employment and entrepreneurship. Worldwide, our global alliance of Cheshire partners supports disabled people into education and employment, and works in more than 50 countries.
  3. About the Big Lottery Fund and The People’s Projects

    • the National Lottery was created in 1994 with the ambition of changing lives across the nation. To date, over 4,400 new millionaires have been created and over £36 billion has been raised for Good Cause projects
    • every time you play the National Lottery, you are making a difference, by contributing towards the staggering £30 million raised every week, for good causes. Every part of the UK is reached, over 500,000 projects have been funded, averaging 160 projects per postcode
    • these projects help to build local communities, power sports teams, save the environment, unleash creative talent, empower the elderly, unlock young potential and help change our nation for the better
    • The People’s Projects is a partnership between Big Lottery Fund, ITV and the National Lottery which gives the public the chance to have a say in how National Lottery funding is spent in their community
    • the competition funds projects which improve the lives of people and communities across the UK
    • this year 57 awards of up to £50,000 are up for grabs across the UK — three awards in each ITV region
    • the Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. We put people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects
    • we are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Every year we invest over £650 million and award around 12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes
    • since June 2004 we have awarded over £8 billion to projects which change the lives of millions of people
  4. Keep Wales Tidy is a registered environmental charity working across Wales to protect our environment for now and for the future. We deliver practical action, environmental education, training, business services and environmental solutions. We also help set the standards high for parks, beaches, marinas and tourism in Wales through our range of internationally-accredited awards as well as being policy and research experts in our field. Follow @Keep_Wales_Tidy.
  5. North Wales Wildlife Trust

    • Our vision is ‘an environment richer in wildlife for everyone’. We are the leading charity in North Wales dedicated exclusively to conserving all our habitats and species, with a membership of more than 4,500 people We campaign for the protection of wildlife and invest in the future by helping people of all ages to gain a greater appreciation and understanding of wildlife. We care for 35 nature reserves spanning over 750 hectares. For further information about North Wales Wildlife Trust please email or call 01248 351541.
  6. Wildlife Trusts

    • There are 47 local Wildlife Trusts across the whole of the UK, the Isle of Man and Alderney. We are working for an environment rich in wildlife for everyone. With 800,000 members, we are the largest UK voluntary organisation dedicated to conserving the full range of the UK’s habitats and species, whether they be in the countryside, in cities or at sea. 134,000 of our members belong to our junior branch, Wildlife Watch. We manage 2,200 nature reserves covering more than 80,000 hectares; we stand up for wildlife; we inspire people about the natural world and we foster sustainable living.