Each year we hold a Children’s Sporting Lunch which is attended by over 600 disabled children and their helpers from special schools throughout Essex and East Herts.
The children have a traditional Christmas lunch, have the opportunity to meet a host of celebrities, followed by a cabaret, disco and of course a visit from Father Christmas.
The highlight of the Lunch is an award ceremony for some of the children who have made significant achievements in sport. This is to recognise endeavour rather than elitism and can vary from swimming two or three strokes to taking part in an outward bound type course.
This year’s Special Guests included Sir Trevor Brooking, Peter Shilton, Tony Cottee, Bob Champion, Colin McMillan and Brinn Bevan. The Awards Ceremony was introduced by Stewart White from BBC Look East and the cabaret starred Lydia Lucy from The Voice.
Here is a selection of the Thank You letters we received following this year’s Lunch.