Paralympian visits Papworth disability charity

DISABILITY charity Papworth Trust had a visit from Britain’s most individual successful Paralympic swimmer last week.

DISABILITY charity Papworth Trust played host to Britain’s most individual successful Paralympic swimmer last week.

Chris Holmes MBE visited Papworth Trust’s the award-winning vocational and medical rehabilitation service, which treats people who have had life-changing injuries in preparation for their return to work.

He met patients past and present who, after accident, trauma or ill health, have benefited from the centre’s treatment.

Mr Holmes lost his sight aged only 14, and went on to win nine Paralympic gold medals – including six in 1992 while a student at the University of Cambridge – and then have a successful career practising law.

On Thursday (October 13) he met Papworth Trust clients and staff, and participated in question-and-answer session, during which he answered questions about his sporting career.

Mr Holmes said: “I feel very privileged to visit Papworth Trust and witness first-hand the great work which they do every day.

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“I have enjoyed meeting the clients who are currently being helped and hearing about their stories. It is a unique charity doing outstanding work and I wish everyone involved every success for the future.

“It is always great to come back to Cambridgeshire: I was born in the county, was fortunate to go to the University of Cambridge and have so many happy memories of my time here.

“To come back to support such a great cause makes returning all the more meaningful.”