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There was a riot of colour at Fremantle Court on Tuesday 24 August as the team and the care home residents came together to celebrate the opening ceremony of the Paralympics.

Surrounded by flags, games and a generous BBQ, residents celebrated in style as Lilian Ofondu, Home Manager, lit and carried the torch to begin the event. As everyone enjoyed the BBQ food and tucked into an impressive cake, proudly provided by the kitchen of Fremantle Court, entertainer Sheralyn Edwards of ‘Musical Sunshine’ provided the soundtrack to a celebratory afternoon.

Leisure and Lifestyle Team Manager Eva Banaszcyk commented; “Fremantle Court is so close to the home of the first ever Paralympics we felt it only right to put on an event to celebrate the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. It was also a great opportunity for a party and we love a party! The residents and team had wonderful afternoon and are looking forward to watching the games.”

The Paralympic Games began in Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 1948, known at the time as the Stoke Mandeville games. Very quickly the games became international, making Stoke Mandeville Hospital the birthplace of the Paralympic movement.