Rio comes to Nottingham

14 September 2016

Ancestor Troupe dancers with Holme Lodge residentsRio came to West Bridgford this week, with Nottingham’s own Paralympics opening ceremony taking place at Leonard Cheshire Disability’s Holme Lodge care home for adults with physical disabilities.

As part of the leading disability charity’s series of Cheshire Carnivals to mark the Paralympics, Holme Lodge was transformed into Rio for the day — with decorations, dancing and drumming performed by Ancestor Troupe dancers, and Brazilian food and drink.

The residents, family, friends and staff also enjoyed mask making, Paralympic quizzing and games throughout the day on Friday 9 September. 

The games closed with an award ceremony where the national anthem was played at ‘full blast’, volunteer co-ordinator Julia Carter revealed.

She added:

‘Luckily we had invited the local residents!

‘All staff and volunteers joined in the fun, and were dragged up to dance by our highlight of the evening, the Ancestor Troupe dancers.

‘They were brilliant! Colourful, lively, fun and exhausting!’

One of the residents, DK, echoed Julia’s joy, saying:

‘All of it was lovely, I enjoyed it a lot.

‘It reminded me of my dad, because he went to New Zealand and brought back all these photos of dancers.

‘I won a bronze medal in the shot put.’

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.

Leonard Cheshire Disability’s Carnivals — our Cheshire Carnivals — have been staged across the UK throughout August and September.

The Rio roadshows have also visited Bristol, Bath, Gloucester, Inverness and Sutton Coldfield and will be heading to Newport, Cumbria, London and Kent within the next week.

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