People supported by the charity Community Integrated Care were surprised when Widnes Vikings star Alex Gerrard dropped by for a special visit with the Super League trophy.
Every week, people supported by Community Integrated Care enjoy special accessible activity and sports sessions with the Widnes Vikings, as part of a pioneering partnership between the charity and the club. At Friday’s session (15th July), the Super League star, Alex, joined in the fun – and gave the group the opportunity to get up close to rugby league’s most famous cup.
Widnes Vikings arranged the special visit as a way of giving a unique experience for people supported by the charity and celebrating the partnership.
Community Integrated Care is one of Britain’s biggest and most successful social care charities. It supports over 5000 across England and Scotland who have learning disabilities, mental health concerns, autism, and age-related needs, such as dementia. The charity was founded in Widnes in 1988.
The charity’s partnership with its hometown club sees them work together to deliver a host of innovative activity each week to promote the health, wellbeing and happiness of the people it supports, its colleagues, and the wider community.
Alex Gerrard said: “To see the smiles on everyone’s faces today was a joy to behold. It was a great event and an honour for myself to come here with the trophy. The partnership between the Widnes Vikings and Community Integrated Care really is special, and I think I speak on behalf of the players in saying that we love to meet our fans at events like these.”
John Hughes, Head of Communications and Marketing for Community Integrated Care, said: “This was a fantastic event and further proof that our partnership with Widnes Vikings is thriving. Rugby League is Widnes’s biggest passion, so for the people we support to get their hands on the Super League trophy and spend time with a star player was special. It meant so much to them.”
He adds: “The accessible sports sessions with the club is all about promoting and improving the wellbeing of the people we support, and are proving immensely popular. We’d like to thank Widnes Vikings, Alex Gerrard and the Super League for making this session extra special.”