Somerset-born Olympic gold medallist joins care home’s campaign for inclusive sport

18 August 2017

L-R Jason, Jackie, Jason and Jane with masks and the Mo Farah shirtOlympic gold medallist and president of UK Athletics Jason Gardener is the latest sporting big name to show his support for a Bath care home’s campaign for more inclusive sport.

With the World Athletics Championships finished just two days before, the Bath-born sprint athlete visited the Leonard Cheshire Disability run Greenhill House care home on Tuesday 15 August. He met with the disabled adults that live there and showed support for their upcoming fundraising masquerade ball.

Jason also brought the home a signed Sir Mo Farah shirt, following Mo’s fantastic achievements at the recent World Athletics Championships. At his final track event, Mo took home a silver medal for the 5K race and gold for the 10K.

His signed shirt will now be sold in a silent auction at the upcoming ball, which Jason is attending, on Saturday 23 September at the Bath Assembly rooms.

The care home aims to raise £10,000 at the event, to increase access to sport for the disabled adults it supports.

Jason helped with mask-making activities during his visit to Greenhill House, with materials kindly donated by Rose Crafts in Radstock, one of the many local firms getting behind the home’s fundraising activities.

Jason said:

'It was lovely to meet staff and residents. Good luck to Greenhill House with ticket sales!'

Jason took home his Olympic gold medal in the 4 x 100 metres relay at the 2004 Olympic Games and is also the 2004 World Indoor Champion for 60 metres.

After making masks with Jason, resident Jackie Holt said:

'I’m looking forward to dressing up [at the masquerade ball] and having a fun night with all the guests.'

The ball, officially called the Centenary Masquerade Ball, is part of Leonard Cheshire Disability’s celebrations to mark 100 years since the birth of its founder, war hero and global humanitarian Leonard Cheshire.

Tickets are already on sale and can be bought via greenhillevents@leonardcheshire.org or 01761 479 902. Tickets are priced at £95 a person. Seating will be in tables of ten (masks are not compulsory!).

The ball runs from 7pm, with carriages at midnight. Any local businesses interested in sponsoring the event should contact Ann: ann.birtwistle@leonardcheshire.org, 01761 479 902

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Current local businesses supporting the event include: Honeybourne Facilities Group, Moneta Wealth Management, Minuteman Press, Mindmaze, Mediaclash, Barclaycardand Wessex Water.