The football club celebrated the National Association of Disabled Supporters at the ABAX Stadium.
Peterborough United invited a number of different charity organisations and provided demonstrations before and at half-time of the club's Sky Bet League One encounter with Rochdale at the ABAX Stadium.
The Peterborough United Amputee team were invited to the stadium and put on a showcase of their exceptional talents in front of over 4,500 supporters and prior to kick-off engaged with those fans in the South Stand concourse.
We were pleased to welcome Warwick Davis and the Little People charity who were raising money and awareness of their organisation. They were invited onto the pitch prior to kick-off where they had pictures taken with Posh star Gabi Zakuani.
The volunteers highlighted the work that they undertake to provide support and information to people of short stature and their families. They are dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with dwarfism while celebrating with great pride, little people’s contribution to social diversity.
Each year they hold two events, which give their members a chance to meet up and take part in activities and workshops, to provide them with knowledge related to dwarfism, and also create an equal social environment where difference and ability are irrelevant, ensuring a positive and supportive future is being created. LPUK strives to bring solutions to global awareness to the prominent issues affecting individuals of short stature and their families and provide information and resources to see the community and the medical profession. You can find out more at www.littlepeopleuk.org.
Our charity collection was The Alzheimers Society and they were conducting a bucket collection at the match. John Willis from Perform2Inspire was a big hit with supporters as he told his story of living with disability. He also completed the Mick George Skip Challenge and won warm adulation from the supporters.
John is raising money for Power2Inspire's who undertake vital work, breaking down barriers so that disabled and non-disabled people can play sport together.
You can follow John’s incredible Road2Rio challenge, where he will be partaking in a number of Olympic and Paralympic sports at www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrmRnquAUvM where you can also find out how you can donate!
You may have also met one of the fantastic dogs from Independence Dogs UK; they met supporters prior to kick-off behind the Motorpoint Stand. The charity provide assistance, support and companionship for mentally disabled people and you can find out more about the fantastic work that they undertake at www.independencedogs.co.uk
The National Association of Disabled Supporters (NADS) was established in 1998 and is the national registered charity representing disabled supporters of all sports together with their carers and advocates.