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On Sunday 25th September, service users, their family and friends and staff at Jane Percy House (JPH) in Cramlington enjoyed a brilliant day as they hosted their own mini Olympics, inspired by, and in celebration of, the Paralympic Games in Rio.

Service users Toni and Jane played an intense final of boccia, with Jane pipping Toni to the post and winning the gold medal. Jane said of the result: “I had a great day and it was great beating Toni in the Boccia final.” Her competitor, Toni, agreed: “I had a fantastic day and would love to do it all over again.”

Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) player Chris Dobey also attended the event and played a few games with the service users who enjoyed throwing darts with him. Service user Stephen played a game of darts against Chris and that was lovely for the team to watch.

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Service Manager, Lindsey, said: “Stephen is a very shy gentleman who really came out of his shell sharing stories with Chris about his social life before the accident which led to his disability. He talked at length about his dart playing and how good he was.”

Stephen, who walks with a stick for short distances and has no peripheral vision, gave Chris a good game and was very proud to be playing. Chris commented on how inspired he was by the service users’ passion to win and their competitiveness during the event.

Other games included boccia, quoits, golf and darts and those participating were split into three teams – white, blue and purple, who came, first, second and third respectively. Leader of the white team, Leigh, said: “It was great being captain of the winning team!”

Well done to everyone who took part in and helped organise this brilliant day – it looks and sounds like a lot of fun was had by all!