Join us at St. Paul's Cathedral to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Stoke Mandeville Games and the birth of the Paralympic Movement at Stoke Mandeville. The service will take place at 5.00 p.m. on Wednesday 6th June 2018.
Stoke Mandeville Games
The first Stoke Mandeville Games took place on 29th July 1948, in the grounds of Stoke Mandeville Hospital. Sixteen spinal cord patients took part in a wheelchair archery competition aimed at helping them build their strength and confidence as part of their rehabilitation. The competition was organised by Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann to coincide with the Opening Ceremony of the 1948 Olympic Games in London.
These visionary Games became the International Stoke Mandeville Games in 1952 when a team of veterans from The Netherlands took part and in 1960, the IX International Stoke Mandeville Games were held in Rome alongside the Olympic Games and became the first Paralympic Games.
WheelPower, the national charity for wheelchair sport would be delighted if you would join us to celebrate this special occasion at St. Paul’s Cathedral. The service will be preceded by a showcase of wheelchair sport that will take place in the Courtyard of the Cathedral. Lessons and Prayers will be led by some of the people who have been integral to the development of the Stoke Mandeville Games, wheelchair sport and the Paralympic Movement.
Tickets for the Celebration are free.