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Care homes run their Olympics 3 years ahead of 2012

PUBLISHED: 13:00 26 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:45 05 October 2010

Sanctuary Care Mini Olympics.
Staff and residents from Sanctuary Care Homes for adults with learning and physical disabilities held their own mini Olympics with each of the nine homes representing a particular country. The event was organised by SHIRE (Sanctuary Helping Involve Residents Equally). For more information please contact Kate Yates, PR Officer, 01905 338662.
Photo...Ed Maynard 07976 239803
www.edmaynard.com

Sanctuary Care Mini Olympics. Staff and residents from Sanctuary Care Homes for adults with learning and physical disabilities held their own mini Olympics with each of the nine homes representing a particular country. The event was organised by SHIRE (Sanctuary Helping Involve Residents Equally). For more information please contact Kate Yates, PR Officer, 01905 338662. Photo...Ed Maynard 07976 239803 www.edmaynard.com

Ed Maynard

STAFF and residents from an East London care home competed against other centres with their own mini Olympics. The John Kirk House in Beckton represented Greece in the Games with other Sanctuary group homes held in Surrey

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STAFF and residents from an East London care home competed against other centres with their own mini Olympics.

The John Kirk House, a Sanctuary home for 16 adults with learning and physical disabilities in Beckton, represented Greece in the Games with other Sanctuary group homes held at Hindhead in Surrey.

Each of the homes involved was allocated a country to represent and residents spent months researching their states, including history, culture, religion, food and dress.

"It was magic," said Kirk House deputy manager Paul Thompson. "It was just a shame it had to end."

It even began with an opening parade, followed by mixed Games for the disabled and able-bodied including tennis (with Manbi Pancha pictured), bean bag shot putting, foam javelin and tennis, with trophies and medals at the end-of-Games awards.

Teams involved came from East London's John Kirk House and Ashley Cooper House, Tony Long House and Shaftesbury Court in Wiltshire, Shaftesbury Place in Gloucestershire, Park Road in Kent, New Milton and Tilmore Gardens in Hampshire.

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