Widnes Vikings Star Surprises People We Support
The people we support were surprised when Widnes Vikings star Alex Gerrard dropped by for a special visit with the Super League trophy.
Every week, the people we support enjoy special accessible activity and sports sessions with the Widnes Vikings, as part of a pioneering partnership between ourselves and the club. At this Friday’s session (15th July), the Super League star, Alex, joined in the fun – and gave the group the opportunity to get up close to rugby league’s most famous cup.
Widnes Vikings arranged the special visit as a way of giving a unique experience for the people we support and to celebrate the partnership.
Community Integrated Care is one of Britain’s biggest and most successful social care charities. It supports over 5000 across England and Scotland who have learning disabilities, mental health concerns, autism, and age-related needs, such as dementia.
Our partnership with our hometown club sees us work together to deliver a host of innovative activity each week to promote the health, wellbeing and happiness of the people we support, our colleagues, and the wider community.
Alex Gerrard said: “To see the smiles on everyone’s faces today was a joy to behold. It was a great event and an honour for myself to come here with the trophy. The partnership between the Widnes Vikings and Community Integrated Care really is special, and I think I speak on behalf of the players in saying that we love to meet our fans at events like these.”
John Hughes, Head of Communications and Marketing for Community Integrated Care, said: “This was a fantastic event and further proof that our partnership with Widnes Vikings is thriving. Rugby League is Widnes’s biggest passion, so for the people we support to get their hands on the Super League trophy and spend time with a star player was special. It meant so much to them.”
He adds, “The accessible sports sessions with the club is all about promoting and improving the wellbeing of the people we support, and are proving immensely popular. We’d like to thank Widnes Vikings, Alex Gerrard and the Super League for making this session extra special.”