All are welcome to a free day of family fun at Braunton Cricket Club to mark the 100th birthday of Leonard Cheshire, who founded Leonard Cheshire Disability and Westmead House

There is family fun and live music in Braunton tomorrow (Saturday, September 23) with the first-ever WestFest to mark a very special birthday - and everyone is invited.

Westmead House is holding WestFest at Braunton Cricket Club from 11.30am-5pm and entry is free.

The service for disabled adults run by Leonard Cheshire Disability is hosting the event to celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of the charity's founder, the Second World War hero and global humanitarian Leonard Cheshire.

Residents, staff and volunteers will mark the charity founder's centenary year by celebrating in style with a day of live music, crafts, food, animals, and 30 stalls from local crafters and businesses and much more.

Westmead House run by Leonard Cheshire Disability in Braunton.Westmead House run by Leonard Cheshire Disability in Braunton.

There will be live music from top local names including Sam Dowden, Amy Newton and the Saunton Road Choir, Bicycle Repair Man and Charlie Charlesworth among others.

There will be plenty for all ages and the Exmoor Zoo Roadshow will be visiting too, with interesting creatures to meet.

Alex Irving, who has lived at Westmead for 19 years said:

"We are really looking forward to WestFest, and hope lots of people will come along to share the day with us."

Group-Captain Leonard Cheshire, VC, triple DSO and DFC who led RAF No 617 Squadron for eight months during the Second World War and founded Leonard Cheshire Disability. Picture: PA WireGroup-Captain Leonard Cheshire, VC, triple DSO and DFC who led RAF No 617 Squadron for eight months during the Second World War and founded Leonard Cheshire Disability. Picture: PA Wire

Marie Govier, volunteer co-ordinator at the home added: "We really wanted to arrange something special this year to celebrate Leonard Cheshire's 100th birthday alongside celebrating our wonderful and most importantly the exceptional people that live here. All the money raised will make a huge difference in our computer room, which is a lifeline to many residents."

Group Captain Leonard Cheshire would have been 100 years old in September this year, but sadly passed away in 1992 after almost half a century of humanitarian work supporting disabled people around the world.

He was a highly decorated Second World War pilot and won the Victoria Cross as well as being commander of the legendary 617 'Dambusters' Squadron.

Continuing the legacy he started in 1948, the charity currently runs care services globally, but Westmead was originally set up Leonard Cheshire in 1975.

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