Our young people are supporting Paralympics GB

Posted by / Saturday 10 September 2016 / Disabled children and young people

Watching Paralympics 2016 in Rio is very inspiring particularly for children and young people who have disabilities. Here at Action for Children we build our disability services around what our children and young people need. 

Throughout the UK, we support over 14,000 children and young people with disabilities. We provide short break services which offer activities and support to help them access sport, leisure, play and cultural activities.

Children from our Staffordshire Shared Care project in Newcastle under Lyme send their good luck wishes to Paralympian Lee Pearson.

Pictured above (L-R) James, Callum, Aaron, Josh along with Action for Children support workers, Elaine and Maxine. 

The photo was taken by Liam, a young person supported by the project. Staffordshire Shared Care, offers activities and support to disabled children and their families in Stoke-on-Trent.


About Lee

In 2003, he became the first disabled person to have won a title at the British Dressage National Championships competing against non-disabled riders when he took the 2003 elementary restricted title.

Awarded an MBE in 2001 and an OBE in 2005 in recognition of his monumental equestrian success and services to sport for the disabled; he then received a CBE in the 2009 New Year Honours List for services to equestrianism and disabled sport.

Competing at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Lee came away with three medals, Team gold, Individual silver and bronze in the Grade Ib competition; last year saw him secure Team gold and two Individual silvers at the European Championships out in Deauville. 

Lee Pearson led ParalympicsGB into the arena at the opening ceremony of Rio 2016.


Beth and Molly, children from our service in Mold, North Wales wish local Paralympian Sabrina Fortune good luck!

Arosfa Short Break Service offers activities and support children like Beth and Molly and their families in Flintshire to help them access sport, leisure, play and cultural activities.

About Sabrina

Inspired to get involved in athletics by her brother, Sabrina Fortune first competed at senior level for Great Britain in the F20 Shot Put aged just 18. Last year was a big one for the Chester-born star, who competed in the IPC Athletics World Championships for the first time, finishing fourth while she also took part in the IPC Grand Final in London. The 21-year-old para-athlete lives in Mold and is a member of Deeside Amateur Athletics Club.

Children from Action for Children wish Sara Head good luck

Action for Children’s short break service wish Paralympian Sara Head good luck!

Children from Action for Children’s Rhondda short breaks project in Pontypridd send their good luck wishes to Paralympian Sara Head (from Beddau, Rhondda Cynon Taf).

Picture caption: Holding the banner is Christine Fitzgerald and Adam, then underneath the banner are Sophie and Rebecca.


About Sara

Sara is one of the most experienced athletes in the GB squad, having competed in two Commonwealth Games for Wales (Manchester and Melbourne) and the Paralympic Games in London where she and team-mate Jane Campbell came back from 2-0 down to win the bronze medal in the women’s class 1-3 team event.

Sara represented GB in wheelchair basketball in European and World Championships and was reserve for the Sydney Paralympic Games in 2000. She was introduced to table tennis in 2001 by a boyfriend and in taking secret lessons to enable her to beat him she discovered she had a talent and a passion for the sport. Fast-tracked by Wales she was taking part in her first competition after only three months and since then she has won seven medals in major championships, including European team gold in 2011 with her great friend Jane Campbell.

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