Sir Philip Craven MBE, former president of the International Paralympic Committee, lent his support to local children’s charity, The Wingate Centre in April.
The charity, which offers specialist residential accommodation and recreational activities for youngsters with physical and learning difficulties, was delighted to welcome him as guest speaker at its charity luncheon held at Wrenbury Hall.
Guests – including Nantwich sporting hero Andrew Small, winner of a bronze medal at the Rio Paralympic Games – were treated to a magnificent lunch in luxurious surroundings before enjoying a rare opportunity to hear from Sir Philip Craven.
The leading sportsman and businessman’s passion for sport and inclusivity both inspired and moved guests.
Sir Philip has a host of sporting achievements to his name, including being a five-time Paralympian in wheelchair basketball and swimming.
Guests also heard about some of the highlights of Sir Philip’s remarkable career within the Paralympic movement and how, under his leadership, the Paralympics has become the third biggest sporting event in the world.
Sir Philip, who is also a vice president of The Wingate Centre, then related the Paralympic experience to the activities that take place at the Wingate Centre, where children and young people are given both the platform and the freedom to be who they are and to excel.
Catherine Cook, marketing and fundraising manager for the centre, said: “I’m absolutely delighted and honoured that Sir Philip could join us. Our luncheon guests have had a fantastic time.
“Our warmest thanks go to Sir Philip for giving his valuable time to The Wingate Centre and helping us to raise money to support the children who access our vital services.”
First opened in 1988, The Wingate Centre aims to improve the health and wellbeing of disabled children and young people to reduce the loneliness and frustration that is experienced by many on a day-to-day basis.
The charity achieves this through a combination of residential holidays and day visits that help its clients to grow in confidence, learn new life skills, develop independence and self-reliance and to have fun in a safe and supported environment.
The Wingate Centre receives no government funding and therefore relies solely upon the generosity of supporters.