Thousands of people were in attendance for the 27th annual Warrington Disability Awareness Day at Walton Hall and Gardens at the weekend.
Created by the Warrington Disability Partnership, founder and chief executive Dave Thompson MBE led a team of volunteers to attract people away from the World Cup and Wimbledon finals and get them out in support of the Disability Awareness day.
Speaking to Warrington-Worldwide, Mr Thompson, who broke his neck nearly 30 years ago playing American football, was pleased a positive had come from it, and said: “Little did I know when I suffered my injury that it would spark something like this. We couldn’t do this without our army of dedicated volunteers and our various sponsors. I would like to thank everyone who has made this the biggest event of its kind in the world.”
Around 250 exhibitors were at the event, including nationally renowned disabled artists such as Ella Performance Group and Carly Ryan and a sports zone which featured a scuba diving activity.
The Warrington Disability Partnership first held an awareness day in 1991, and since then the event has grown year on year.
Now, the Warrington Disability Awareness Day claims to be the largest voluntary led pan disability event in the world.