Posted on 12/07/2016

NRS Healthcare sponsor Disability Awareness Day 2016...and win an award!

NRS Healthcare sponsor Disability Awareness Day 2016...and win an award!

After making our debut appearance at the world-famous Disability Awareness Day (DAD) last weekend, we were thrilled when Founder and Chief Executive of Warrington Disability Partnership, Dave Thompson, presented us with an award for our support in sponsoring the event!

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The NRS Healthcare team receive an award and certificate from Dave Thompson (front) for sponsoring Disability Awareness Day!

Although the weather was a bit hit and miss, it certainly didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits as large crowds gathered at Walton Hall Gardens, Warrington, to take a look at what Disability Awareness Day had to offer – and they weren’t disappointed.

Celebrating 25 years of Disability Awareness Day

With this year being DAD’s silver anniversary, the team at Warrington Disability Partnership certainly pulled out all the stops to ensure a great time was had by all.

Luckily, the NRS Healthcare vans had a great spot just outside the "Tent of Talent", meaning we got to hear and see some top quality entertainment throughout the day, from dance numbers by young special needs groups to amazing solo artists performing with an interpreter, so every member of the audience was involved.

A group of special needs children blow the roof off the "Tent of Talent"

Amazing young singer and interpreter sing Christina Perri's "Only Human"

Getting to know lots of new faces

One of the best things about Disability Awareness Day was being able to meet hundreds of people with genuine needs who we could speak with and offer product advice, making a real difference to their everyday routines.

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Crowds gather outside both of the NRS Healthcare vans

Rachel Seabrook, NRS Healthcare’s Clinical Lead, was also on hand to share her experiences as an occupational therapist and guide people towards the right solution for their individual requirements. Although, she wasn’t qualified to help one very special visitor – Duke the dog!

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Beautiful Newfoundland, Duke, was one of Rachel's favourite visitors!

Throughout the day we continued to meet lots of interesting characters, including Warrington’s very own Lymm Town Crier, who visited our vans on his way to the main arena, and the lovely Harriet and Robyn who were scouting for people to appear on the popular Channel 4 TV show The Undateables!

Nigel, Andrew and Town Crier Harriet and Ruby from The Undateables production company
Left: Nigel and Andrew with Warrington's Lymm Town Crier Right: Harriet and Robyn from The Undateables production company

A good time was had by all

Our very own Commercial Director, Steve Kennedy, found five minutes of fame when he was interviewed by none other than Gary Skentelbury – Editor of online newspaper Warrington Worldwide. When asked why NRS Healthcare got involved in DAD as a business, Steve answered:

“Primarily, I met Dave and he inspired me to get involved in something which I think is very, very special. We at NRS Healthcare want to put something back into the community. We’re coming here for the very first time and we will be back again. The show is fantastic, with lots of people, lots of enthusiasm and lots of new friends being made.”

Check out the video below to see Steve in action.

Skip to 6 minutes to see our Steve!

A huge thank you to all involved

Despite being thanked ourselves for sponsoring the event, the team at NRS Healthcare would like to extend their thanks to Dave Thompson, Warrington Disability Partnership and all volunteers who truly made Disability Awareness Day an event to remember. We were very proud to be part of it and will certainly continue to support it in the future.

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