Cheshire Carnivals are Rio grand
27 September 2016
In case it escaped your notice, this summer the country, and indeed the world, got into the Paralympic and Olympic spirit! The athletes brought unparallelled success to both ParalympicsGB and TeamGB.
To celebrate, some of our services and projects across the UK decided to bring alive the famous carnival spirit of Rio by hosting a Cheshire Carnival!
We might not have been able to recreate the sunny climate, but as much as possible was done to replicate the spirit of Rio!
Here is how some of our services and projects celebrated the occassion.
The celebrations kicked off at Cossham Gardens care home in Bristol on 5 August, on the day of the Olympic opening ceremony.
Para-athlete and friend of our charity Ryan Raghoo joined residents and staff to enjoyed a day of Brazilian music, food, wheelchair basketball and discus throwing! The atmosphere was truly special.
‘I couldn't wait to discuss the journey I have had since being born with cerebral palsy, and enjoy the Brazilian entertainment together with everyone.’
Next up to get into the carnival spirit was Holme Lodge! The residents transformed their Nottingham home into Rio for a day.
Mask-making and Paralympic quizzing were just some of the day's activities but it was performances from Ancestor Troupe dancers which completely stole the show!
‘All staff and volunteers joined in the fun, and were dragged up to dance by our highlight of the evening, the Ancestor Troupe dancers.’
Out with a bhangra
The Rio roadshow next rolled into our Greenacres care home in Sutton Coldfield on 10 September.
A local children’s karate groups, a young bhangra drumming group and a steel drum player entertained residents and staff as they cheered on ParalympicsGB.
‘It was a really good day. I loved the atmosphere, the music, the food — everything.’
Flamingoing for gold
The velodrome sports village was kitted out with flamingos, pompoms and Rio flags while Can Do volunteers enjoyed nibbles and mocktails!
They also watched another incredible day of achievements for ParalympicsGB.
‘We are really enjoying watching and celebrating the Paralympics this month and a large number of our young Can Doers are joining in the celebrations.’
Drummers steel the show
In Kent, our Chipstead Lake care home celebrated the games with a barbecue, bar service and a specially designed Rio 2016 cake!
Steel drums provided the perfect soundtrack as residents and staff watched ParalympicsGB win a record medal haul on 14 September.
‘It was really good fun and the steel drum band was fantastic.’
Every day is a party at our Randall Close service, so it came as no surprise they truly embraced Rio for their Cheshire Carnival.
The Mayor of Wandsworth, Councillor Richard Field joined clients, family and friends for a day of Brazilian music and films but it was London-based Rio samba dancers which really got the party started!
The carnival ended in true Paralympic style with an award ceremony honouring volunteers for their long years of service.
‘I really enjoyed myself at the carnival, and as ever spending time at Randall Close was a pleasure.’
There's a Rio and a kitchen
YouthAbility Cumbria were last, but by no means least, when it came to throwing a carnival!
Friends, family and the Mayor of Barrow-In-Furness, Councillor Anita Husband, joined the celebrations, which included live music from Furness Blast and a barbecue!
The celebrations also extended to the unveiling of Walney Community Centre's new fully accessible kitchen, thanks to Howdens Joinery.
‘It was fabulous to see everyone enjoying themselves, the band was wonderful.’