Service users at the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) service Kent House in Buckinghamshire recently attended the Stoke Mandeville Carnival, where they had the opportunity to meet Paralympians, hold the Paralympic torch and try different sports such as archery and boccia.

Service users and staff then took part in the Paralympic Heritage Flame Ceremony televised live on Channel 4. They attended a number of rehearsals to learn a song and dance routine which formed part of the opening ceremony for the Paralympic Games.

One service user who joined in the celebrations said: "I used to do shot putt, it’s great to be in and around Paralympians, they are my heroes!

Kent House is situated next to Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Aylesbury, the home of the Paralympic Games and the people BIRT supports regularly attends the local sports centre for a range of activities.

Therapy Assistant, Suzanne, who helped organise attendance at the event, said: “It was an honour and privilege to be able to promote the independence and wishes of our service users wanting to take part in the ceremony. Everyone enjoyed the day and this has inspired new activities and sports at Kent House.”

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