Leonard Cheshire

Recipient of the Victoria Cross Leonard Cheshire

Group Captain Geoffrey Leonard Cheshire, Baron Cheshire, VC, OM, DSO and Two Bars, DFC was a highly decorated British RAF pilot during the Second World War. Among the honours he received as a bomber pilot is the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
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31 July 1992

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Dorchester Stompers cover 175 miles for charity - Dorset Echo
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All members of the dedicated team, who work at Dorchester Police Station apart from one member who works for Leonard Cheshire Disability, said they were pleased to be able to present the local charity with the cheque. Stomper Tony Freudenfeld, 63,
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Leonard Cheshire home in East Carleton celebrates 50 years - Norfolk Eastern Daily Press
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Before the Leonard Cheshire Disability home opened its doors in September 1961 in the rural village of East Carleton, near Wymondham, many disabled people were housed in geriatric hospital wards or placed in mental health institutions
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Leonard Cheshire Disability - Third Sector
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Working on Welfare to Work employment contracts, this post will deliver direct support to a caseload of jobseekers, some of whom are furthest from the employment market to ensure they are both job ready, are placed in suitable employment and sustain
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Tell campaigner your experience - Basingstoke Gazette
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I was recently asked by charities Leonard Cheshire Disability and Mencap to chair an independent review into how the personal mobility needs of people living in state-funded residential care are met. As a life-long campaigner for the rights of blind
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South Normanton firm's fun day success - Mansfield Chad
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Up to £2312 was presented to Leonard Cheshire Disability following the event, which was part of Alliance Healthcare's Disability Awareness Month campaign. Michael Fowler, Alliance Healthcare South Normanton manager, said: “A DJ, bouncy castle and face
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Friends team up to join in Energy for Life fun run - NW Evening Mail
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Youth worker Les McLeese, who works with the Leonard Cheshire in Burlington House, Barrow, said the team wanted to raise money for the organisation's Monday evening youth club for people with Aspergers and autism.Donations from each entry fee will also
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Kids with disabilities don’t need no special education - Daily News & Analysis
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Rajendra KR, regional representative of Leonard Cheshire Disability International South Asia Regional Office (based in Bangalore) argues that most parents, teachers and education departmental heads are not even very aware of the Act and its provisions
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Banks warns over disability support changes - Perthshire Advertiser
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Ochil and South Perthshire MP Gordon Banks slammed the Minister for Disabled People Maria Miller for refusingrecently to agree to participate in the Low Review organised by charities including Mencap and Leonard Cheshire Disability, which looked at
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Royal visit marks official opening of Sandbach's £2m Leonard Cheshire care home - Crewe Chronicle
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The duchess was greeted by scores of flag-waving staff and residents at the Leonard Cheshire residential home at The Hill. The occasion was planned to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the site's original care home which opened in 1961
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Health chief steps down with blistering broadside against Lansley - Politics.co.uk
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The charity Leonard Cheshire Disability will lead the delivery of a new project which has been awarded grant funding from the Department of Health's Innovation, Excellence and Service Development Fund. The project will enhance the influence of third
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Accessibility Law impacts on lives of PWDs, but needs improvement - Philippine Information Agency
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Richard Arceño, National Coordinator of the Leonard Cheshire of Rehabilitation Medicine shared that PWDs have ceased to avoid going to the malls because they now offer facilities that give them comfort and address their particular needs
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Traithlete star backing Crystal Palace race - News Shopper
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WORLD champion paratriathlete Jane Egan is urging people to sign up for Tri Together at Crystal Palace, a new triathlon event run by the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability. Tri Together takes place on September 11 at the Crystal Palace National Sports
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Care assistants are ready to take a leap of faith for Leonard Cheshire - Burton Mail
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Zoe Milburn, 50, and Berny Chadwick, 46, will be taking part in the adrenaline-pumping challenge to raise money for Newlands House, a Leonard Cheshire Disability Home based in Netherseal, where they both work. The carers, who call themselves the Barmy
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Volunteers tidy up Honresfeld gardens - Rochdale Online
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Leonard Cheshire Disability's Honresfeld in Littleborough has been given a garden makeover thanks to volunteers from Grant Thornton's Accountants. The volunteers spent a day working to clear up the pathways to allow for easier access for service users
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Fancy trying a triathlon? - Shields Gazette (press release)
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I AM writing to let you know about Tri Together, a triathlon event launched by Leonard Cheshire Disability. As triathlon becomes one of the fastest growing sports in the UK, the charity has decided to run an event that is accessible to everyone
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    TWENTIES
  • 1992
    Cheshire died of motor neurone disease aged 74 on 31 July 1992.
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  • 1959
    On 5 April 1959, in Bombay's Roman Catholic Cathedral, he married Sue Ryder, also a Roman Catholic convert and humanitarian.
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  • 1953
    In 1953, Cheshire founded the Raphael Pilgrimage to enable sick and disabled people to travel to Lourdes.
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  • 1948
    In 1948, Cheshire founded the charity now named Leonard Cheshire Disability, which provides support to disabled people throughout the world.
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    On Christmas Eve, 1948, Cheshire was received into the Catholic Church.
    At the beginning of 1948, Cheshire heard about the case of Arthur Dykes, who had been one of Cheshire's original "VIP" community at Le Court, and was suffering from cancer.
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  • 1946
    After the war, Joan Botting (widow of Dambusters pilot Norman Botting) lived with Cheshire at the "VIP (for Vade in Pacem – Go in Peace) Colony" he established for veterans and war widows at Gumley Hall, Leicestershire – one of several new ventures he started after leaving the RAF in 1946.
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  • 1945
    In 1945, in the Vanity Fair club in Mayfair, he joined a conversation about religion. "It was absurd," he said, "to imagine that God existed, except as a convenient figure of speech.
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  • 1944
    Cheshire was nearing the end of his fourth tour of duty in July 1944, having completed a total of 102 missions, when he was awarded the Victoria Cross.
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    It also gave special mention to a raid against Munich on 24/25 April 1944, in which he had marked a target while flying a Mosquito at low level against "withering fire".
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  • 1943
    In March 1943, by now an acting group captain, Cheshire became station commander of RAF Marston Moor as the youngest group captain in the RAF, although the job was never to his liking, and he pushed for a return to an operational command.
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    In 1943, Cheshire published an account of his first tour of operations in his book, Bomber Pilot which tells of his posting to RAF Driffield and the story of flying his badly damaged bomber ("N for Nuts") back to base.
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  • 1942
    He was posted to No. 35 Squadron with the brand new Handley Page Halifax and completed his second tour early in 1942, by then a temporary squadron leader. Cheshire was promoted to the substantive rank of squadron leader on 1 March. August 1942 saw a return to operations as an acting wing commander and commanding officer of No. 76 Squadron RAF.
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  • 1941
    On 15 July 1941, Cheshire married the American actress Constance Binney (21 years his senior), but the marriage was short-lived and childless. Their divorce was ratified in January 1951.
    He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) in March 1941 and was promoted to the war substantive rank of flight lieutenant on 7 April.
    In January 1941, Cheshire completed his tour of operations, but then volunteered immediately for a second tour.
  • 1940
    In November 1940, Cheshire was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for flying his badly damaged bomber back to base.
    Promoted to flying officer on 7 April 1940, he was posted that June to 102 Squadron, flying Armstrong Whitworth Whitley medium bombers, from RAF Driffield.
  • 1939
    Following the outbreak of war, Cheshire joined the RAF on 7 October 1939 with a permanent commission.
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  • 1937
    During his university years, Cheshire learned basic piloting skills with the Oxford University Air Squadron, receiving a commission as a pilot officer in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve on 16 November 1937.
  • 1936
    He went to stay in Germany in 1936 with the family of Ludwig von Reuter in Potsdam and whilst there, witnessed an Adolf Hitler rally.
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  • 1917
    Born on September 7, 1917.
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