01 July 2011
London 2012 inspiration comes to Bristol Royal Hospital for Children
Young people at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children were today
treated to a day of London 2012-inspired Olympic and Paralympic
activity, as world record holder and Paralympian, Richard
Whitehead, made a special visit to the hospital's school room.
The visit marked the end of a week of activities during Lloyds
TSB National School Sport Week at the hospital. Throughout
the week, the children have been taking part in a host of
activities inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic Games, including
designing their own Olympic Torch, creating new national team flags
and showcasing how they are helping bring the London 2012 Games to
life in the hospital.
Richard Whitehead, the world record holder for double leg
amputees in both the half marathon and marathon distances, spent
the morning answering questions from the children about his career,
handing out 120 mini London 2012 mascots and talking about his
target to run in the marathon for Team GB at the London 2012
Earlier in the week, the children also enjoyed special visits
from Lloyds TSB Local Heroes, Wayne Ingram, an Olympic boxing
hopeful, and Phil Cochrane, a Paralympic hopeful who competes in
Martyn Carter, teacher at the hospital's schoolroom, said:
"Being involved in National School Sport Week has been amazing.
Meeting inspirational young Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls has
shown our children what is possible if you have a dream and you are
prepared to work hard.
"The excitement, skill and effort put into our basketball
competition captured the London 2012 spirit perfectly, and everyone
agreed that taking part as a group of enthusiastic children and
adults was really inspirational. It has been a great week for
More than four million young people from schools across Britain
have taken part in National School Sport Week 2011 this year, an
initiative run in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust.
Lauren Vincent, Fundraising Manager at The Grand Appeal, the
charity which exclusively fundraises for the Children's Hospital,
"We are so thankful to Lloyds TSB for their fantastic on-going
support of Bristol Children's Hospital and The Grand Appeal. This
week they have made it possible for young patients to meet
inspirational sporting heroes and provided a wonderful array of
games and activities too. I hope that Lloyds TSB's support
for the Grand Appeal will continue to support the hospital school
for years to come."
National School Sport Week uses the anticipation of London 2012
Olympic and Paralympic Games to inspire pupils to do more sport and
physical activity, with young people invited this year to pledge to
set and achieve a personal best in an Olympic or Paralympic sport,
individually, with their class or club and at every level. It is
part of the London 2012 Get Set+ education programme, where young
people can find out more about the Games and explore the Olympic
and Paralympic Values as London 2012 approaches.
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