Special Olympics St Albans celebrates 20th anniversary

PUBLISHED: 17:00 10 June 2018

Julie Morrey, Denise Astbury and Terence Holloway from Aldwyck Housing Group at the event.

Julie Morrey, Denise Astbury and Terence Holloway from Aldwyck Housing Group at the event.


Special Olympics St Albans celebrated its 20th birthday with a party in Verulamium Park.

More than 350 people attended the May event, which included a wheelchair race, a flash mob performance, and a Name the Giant Teddy competition.

Local disability support organisations, including Aldwyck’s Supported Housing service, Hertfordshire Adult Social Care, Trinity Community Project and Carers In Herts, were also at the event.

Aldwyck’s Supported Housing Team area service manager, Terence Holloway, said it was a fun-filled community event: “It was a chance for friends and family of those with a learning disability to meet with organisations, such as ours, who offer help and support.”

Special Olympics St Albans provides sporting opportunities for people with learning disabilities.

It is a branch of Special Olympics Great Britain and is run by St Albans district council and community project Passport to Leisure.

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