Leonard Cheshire Disability

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 Andrea Newman, Regional Fundraising Executive gave us a most interesting talk today on the Leonard Cheshire Disability Charity.

Leonard Cheshire was Britains most highly decorated bomber pilot, a war hero who went on to dedicate his life to his humanitarian work during peacetime.  He founded the  charity “Leonard Cheshire Disability”, which supports disabled people in the UK and around the world to fulfil their potential and live the lives they choose.

 In 1948, Leonard was asked to find a home for ex-serviceman Arthur Dykes who was terminally ill, he offered to look after him at Le Court his home in Hampshire. Arthur’s dying wish to Leonard was that ‘if somebody else comes along whoever he might be, don’t turn him away’ so Leonard never did. By 1950 there were over 20 disabled people living at Le Court, which became the first ‘Cheshire  Home’, with similar homes being opened across the country.

Leonard passed away aged 74 on 31st July1992. His vision of offering choice, opportunity and independence is kept alive today through the work of the charity that bears his name.

For more information on the Leonard Cheshire Disability Charity do go online to rewind.leonardcheshire.org to watch current residents, staff and volunteers tell their stories.