After the success of last year’s Danshell Olympics Midlands Sports Day, Cate Ball, Toller Road’s Manager, and Activity Co-Ordinator Penny Robinson, were determined to make this year’s event even bigger and better. Each service was allocated tasks to bring the day together, with the service users helping out.
People at each service made signs to cheer on their teams, and everyone wore their team’s t shirts. Mel, Sharena and Amy all competed in neutral t shirts, supporting everyone who attended. There were nine events in total and everyone had the opportunity to try everything. This began with four track events and four field events with both service users and staff competing. The long jump was a big favourite, with lots of sand flying everywhere and some fierce competition!
The weather mostly held, with periods of brilliant sunshine, although there was a freak rainstorm in the middle of the day. That didn’t matter though, and the sporting games carried on regardless! Sharena even went for a run around the track with one determined service user! Everyone got even more wet during the water race, but you could tell from the smiles on people’s faces that they were having a fantastic time.
Lunch was a tasty buffet, with pork, stuffing and apple sauce rolls, followed by an amazing cake made by the chef at Cedar Vale. Everyone was so impressed with it and Paul from Cedar Vale was happy to be chosen to cut it. There was also a raffle, which raised £87 for the National Autistic Society. There were lots of happy winners of the raffle, including Matthew from Willow House, who had the winning ticket at least three times!
After lunch there were two relay races and everyone was either running or cheering people on – it was a fantastic event! The day closed with medals and certificates for everyone, celebrating their achievements of the day. During the medal ceremony, the ice cream van arrived, and the day was capped off with a tasty treat in the sun. Thank you to Cate and Penny for organising such a brilliant day. You can see from all the comments below that it was a huge success – roll on next year’s event!
“Today is what this job is all about for me – ensuring our service users have the best quality of life possible.”
Cate Ball, Toller Road Manager
“Brilliant day had by everyone! There is already talk on the Willow bus about next year!!!!"
Lorna Featherstone, Willow House Manager
“Both our service users can really struggle with these types of events but today was amazing and they both loved it."
Jennifer Mytton, Charge Nurse at Wast Hills
“Thank you for everything that you all do, it takes a special bunch of people to create a smile on people’s faces that will last a long time."
Mel Ramsey, CEO
“Seeing people beam with pride as they took part and achieve was just a treat. There will be lots of memories that will stay with me. You all made something really special happen!"
“Already talking about what we are doing next year here at Toller Road. Although Daniel has asked if we can do it again next week, he enjoyed it that much!"
Penny Watson, Activity Co-Ordinator at Toller Road