Grant boost will highlight history of Stoke Mandeville

Ludwig Guttmann
Ludwig Guttmann

Exhibitions, web resources and educational programmes are coming to Stoke 
Mandeville Stadium – thanks to a grant.

The newly formed National Paralympic Heritage Trust has received support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The trust says the funding will enable it to ‘safeguard, share and celebrate the heritage of the British Paralympic movement, bringing its stories of human endeavour to life’.

Development funding of £214,600 has been awarded to WheelPower, the national charity for British Wheelchair Sport based at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, on behalf of the Trust to progress the plans and to enable the Trust to apply for a delivery grant at a later date.

In its first year the National Paralympic Heritage Trust will find a collection of memorabilia and artefacts, held by a number of organisations and individuals, which tell the story of the British Paralympic movement.

From the work of Dr Ludwig Guttmann and the birthplace of the Paralympic movement at Stoke Mandeville to the present day stories of the movement and the individual endeavour of the athletes involved. And people can have their say at Stoke Mandeville Stadium at an exhibition to coincide with the Rio 2016 Paralympic Heritage Flame Ceremony on 2nd September.

Paul Mainds BEM, former trustee and chief executive of the River & Rowing Museum in Henley has been appointed as the independent Chair of the Trust, he said, “The timing is perfect as we can truly claim to be part of the legacy of London 2012, the moment when so many people, nationally and around the world, realised the tremendous impact of the Paralympic Games”.