Wandsworth’s honours for disability charity

5 May 2017

The Mayor of Wandsworth with Leonard Cheshire chief executive Neil Heslop and Randall Closes William GallagherDedicated charity workers at Leonard Cheshire Disability received local honours from the Mayor of Wandsworth at a ceremony celebrating two decades of partnership to support disabled people in the borough.

The Mayor awarded Leonard Cheshire Disability chief executive Neil Heslop with the Wandsworth Crest, while he presented two other staff with the coveted Wandsworth Pin this week.

The Mayor hailed the pioneering work of charity’s Randall Close care service in Wandsworth.

The centre supports disabled people in the area with its vibrant day service and also offers rehabilitative care for people with a newly acquired disability.

The Mayor of Wandsworth, Councillor Richard Field, said:

‘Congratulations to Leonard Cheshire. Randall Close provides an invaluable service to some of our community’s most vulnerable people and during my year as Mayor I have seen first-hand the care and commitment which they provide to so many.’

Leonard Cheshire chief executive Neil Heslop said:

‘As a charity we’re hugely grateful for our amazing partnership with Wandsworth and the very big difference it has made to disabled people in the borough over the years.

‘I thank the current Mayor for all his support and wish him the best of luck. We look forward to working with the next Mayor to bring more great opportunities to disabled people in Wandsworth.’

The Leonard Cheshire staff nominated to receive the Wandsworth Pin were Chris Mann, director of fundraising and Jackie Hall, head of operations for the area.

Manager of the Wandsworth services, William J Gallagher, said:

‘As well as commending the vision and the work of my colleagues, I wanted to thank Wandsworth Council for their support for over 20 years and to acknowledge what they have done to help develop Randall Close into what it is today.

‘I’m very proud to work with Leonard Cheshire. I am most proud of the fact that with our support, people are able to take control of their lives again. I want to thank Wandsworth for enabling us to do that.’

The celebration this week came as the charity marks 100 years since the birth of its founder, Group Captain Leonard Cheshire. Leonard Cheshire sadly passed away in 1992 after almost half a century of humanitarian work supporting disabled people around the world.

Continuing his legacy, the charity currently runs care services globally and also has specific projects to widen education and employment opportunities for disabled people.

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