People of Somerset don masks to raise thousands for disabled people

26 September 2017

  • county rallied together with famous sporting figures at Leonard Cheshire Disability’s masquerade ball with silent auction at Bath Assembly Rooms, so far raising £9,000 with money still coming in
  •  all money raised will support disabled people at Leonard Cheshire’s Greenhill care home in Bath to access more sport

Olympic gold medal winning athlete Jason Gardener MBE enjoying the ball with Jason GouldThe people of Somerset came together to raise money for disabled people in the county, joining famous faces from the sporting world at a masquerade ball at the Bath Assembly rooms at the weekend.

The ball has so far raised £9,000, with money still coming in. All this will go towards increasing the sporting opportunities available to disabled adults living at Leonard Cheshire Disability’s Greenhill House in Bath.

Guests enjoyed the company of Olympic gold medal winning athlete Jason Gardener MBE, multi-medal winning Paralympian Ben Rushgrove, Paralympic Boccia player Nigel Murray MBE and Invictus Athlete Alastair ‘AJ’ Pingram.

The charity raised money from ticket sales and auctioning a signed Mo Farah shirt and a flight in a Spitfire, among other prizes.
Greenhill House has a large sporting offer for the disabled adults it supports and is looking to expand this so residents can enjoy even more of the health and well-being benefits of sport. 
The care home’s Boccia team has competed in the Boccia England National league since 2014. Boccia features on the Paralympic programme and was developed as an inclusive version of bowls to be played by people with a wide range of impairment.
50-year-old John Burrows, who has acquired brain injury and is epileptic, lives at Greenhill House and said:
‘Boccia has provided the opportunity for individual and team development. Players’ skills are improving all the time.’
British Paralympic Association chief executive, Tim Hollingsworth OBE is a supporter of Greenhill House and said: 
‘I am delighted to support Leonard Cheshire in their efforts to make sport a central part of the activities they provide for disabled people.  
‘I have seen for myself how well the Greenhill House Boccia programme is run and what a positive impact it can have, not least the team’s success in competing in the national league.’
The masquerade ball was part of Leonard Cheshire Disability’s centenary celebrations to mark 100 years since its founder Group Captain Leonard Cheshire was born. 

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