Thanks to our lovely local MP Tania Mathias, we were all invited for tea and scones at the House of Commons and were given the incredible opportunity to meet the inspirational Lord Chris Holmes.

Lord Chris Holmes is Britain’s most successful Paralympic swimmer with a tally of 9 golds, 5 silvers and 1 bronze. He was also LOCOG’s Director of Paralympic Integration, responsible for the organisation of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

After retiring from competitive swimming Chris worked as a journalist before qualifying and working as a commercial lawyer specialising in employment and pensions. He also took non-Executive Director roles at the Disability Rights Commission and UK Sport and was an Ambassador for the successful London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic bid.

On top of all of this at the age of 14 and completely unexpectedly Chris went blind overnight and his list of achievements has only grown since. A huge inspiration to us and people of all disabilities proving anything is possible!