Heathcotes Oadby gets in the Paralympic Spirit!

5th Sep 2012

On 25th August, the Paralympic Flame visited the City of Leicester, and staff and service users from Heathcotes Oadby were very much involved in this momentous occasion!

Dressed in specially made costumes, Ella, Laura and Stephen were part of the parade that accompanied the Paralympic flame, which arrived in a miners lamp before touring Leicester, the only East Midlands city to be included in a whistlestop tour of 34 locations in the UK.

The flame was carried by swimmer Paige Murray, who had the honour of leading a parade of dancers, drummers and athletes as it wound its way through the streets, watched by thousands of onlookers. The parade ended in front of a big screen, where onlookers could watch or try out a variety of Paralympic sports, including fencing, football and wheelchair basketball.

"I loved the whole experience," said Ella, "We had to get into our costumes and take part in a procession to celebrate the opening of the Paralympic Games. There was lots of music and dancing and the weather was really nice!"

A support worker from Heathcotes Oadby added, "What a great experience - it was fantastic to see Stephen, Ella and Laura involved in something so momentous and they had massive smiles on their faces all day!"

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