Annual Sanctuary event has sporting chance at national award

SHIRE Fun Day, Bordon, Hampshire.
SHIRE Fun Day, Bordon, Hampshire.

A Sanctuary Supported Living annual sporting event for people with learning and physical disabilities has been shortlisted for a national award.

The organisation’s SHIRE Games event, which involves residents in a day of adapted sports games, socialising, quizzes and fancy dress contests, is in the running for the Sporting Chance category of the National Learning Disability Awards..

Each year, Sanctuary residential and support services for people with learning and physical disabilities from the south of the country assemble to take part in the event, arriving in fancy dress and with props to reflect the year’s theme, such as films or musicals.

Staff from the homes will attend a judging day later this month for the award, before learning how they’ve fared at the finals in May.

Sanctuary Supported Living local service manager and SHIRE Games organiser Lesley Senior said: “The SHIRE Games is an event that’s keenly anticipated by our residents each year. It’s a great opportunity to catch up with friends from other homes, test the residents’ general knowledge and get creative in preparing their fancy dress displays.

“We’re delighted to have reached the shortlist for this year’s National Learning Disability Awards as we know how much the SHIRE Games means to our residents.”

Mick Inkpin, a Sanctuary resident from Lee-on-Solent, added: “I’ve been to all the SHIRE Games and I look forward to all of them.

“I dressed up as Worzel Gummidge for the last one and took part in all of the games. It’s great to get together with other residents and get involved in the games for people of all abilities.”

Last year, Sanctuary’s Corner House residential care home in Mansfield won the National Learning Disability Awards’ Citizenship accolade for its work in the community.

Sanctuary’s Nickleby Road scheme in Chelmsford was also shortlisted for the Supported Housing title in the 2014 awards.

For more information on the National Learning Disability Awards, visit:



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