Cerebral Palsy Sport Patrons

Patron – Mrs Aideen Blackborough

We are delighted to introduce Aideen, a former chair of CP Sport and now proud Patron of the charity.

“I have cerebral palsy myself and I’m so proud of all the work that this charity does to give people with CP the opportunities to fulfill their sporting potential whether that’s at grassroots level or international level. The activities of cp Sport help our beneficiaries to build confidence, make new friends and to realise that anything is possible! I’ve been involved for several years now and look forward to my new role as patron”. 

Aideen has cerebral palsy and has previously been a manager in a charity which supported disabled and disadvantaged people into employment.  After seven years, she left to start her own Training and Consultancy Business, which focuses on Equality and Diversity and Disability Awareness Training. Aideen has written a book about her experiences of living with Cerebral Palsy and is married with two little boys.

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Patron – Basher Hussan

Sheikh Basharat “Basher” Hassan was a Kenyan first-class cricketer who played for Nottinghamshire from 1966 to 1985. A right-handed batsman, he made 14,394 runs at an average of 29.07.

After playing club cricket in Kenya, Hassan made his first-class debut for an East African Invitation XI against the Marylebone Cricket Club in 1963. He moved to England and made his debut for Nottinghamshire in 1966 against Oxford University whilst serving the then mandatory period of qualification. Having made 579 runs in 1967 he was forced to sit out the 1968 season when Sir Garfield Sobers was engaged. Initially a wicketkeeper, he developed as an opening batsman although he occasionally kept wicket in List A cricket.

He was a notable fieldsman and in 1971, Wisden said that “his brilliance in the covers stamped him as one of the outstanding men in this position in the country” and that his team-mates were “fired by the example of the enthusiastic Hassan”.

Basher became a regular member of the Nottinghamshire first team in 1969 and scored 1,000 runs in a season on five occasions and scored fifteen centuries. His highest score was 182 not out against Gloucestershire in 1977. In List A matches his highest was 120 not out against Warwickshire in 1981.

He was 12th man for England in a Test in 1985 at Trent Bridge during the Ashes Series after which he retired from county cricket

Basher has been supporting Cerebral Palsy for over seventeen years with his annual Charity Golf Day and has raised over £10,000 for our charity.

Basher was presented with a Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Lifetime Achievement award in 2017 by Aideen Blackborough and Stephen Miller MBE.

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Patron: Sir Garfield Sobers

Cerebral Palsy Sport is honoured to have Sir Garfield Sobers (AO and OCC) as one of our charity Patrons. Sir Garfield St Aubrun Sobers is also known as Gary or Garry Sobers and is a former cricketer who played for the West Indies between 1954 and 1974. Sir Gary was a highly skilled bowler, an aggressive batsman and an excellent fielder and he is widely considered to be cricket’s greatest ever all-rounder.

Image courtesy of Eurosport and Sir Garfield Sobers

Sir Gary was born in Bridgetown, Barbados and made his first-class debut for the Barbados cricket team at the age of 16 in 1953. His Test debut for the West Indies the following year. Originally playing mainly as a bowler, he was soon promoted up the batting order.

Against Pakistan in 1958, Sir Gary scored his maiden Test century, progressing to 365 not out and establishing a new record for the highest individual score in an innings. His record was not broken until Brian Lara scored 375 in 1994. Sobers was made captain of the West Indies in 1965, a role which he would hold until 1972. He would also captain a Rest of the World XI during their 1970 tour of England.

Overall, Sobers played 93 Tests for the West Indies, scoring 8032 runs at an average of 57.78, and taking 235 wickets at an average of 34.03. He has the fifth highest batting average in Test cricket in the list of cricketers with more than 5,000 runs. In his 383 first-class matches, he scored over 28,000 runs and took over 1000 wickets, having spent time with South Australia and Nottinghamshire towards the end of his career.

Sir Gary was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1975 for his services to cricket and he became a dual Barbadian-Australian citizen through marriage in 1980.

In 2009, Sir Gary Sobers was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame and he has been a staunch supporter of Cerebral Palsy Sport supporting many of our fundraising events alongside his friend and fellow cricket Basher Hussan.


Patron – Roger Uttley OBE

Cerebral Palsy Sport is proud to have England rugby international Roger Uttley as one of our charity Patrons. Roger played rugby 23 games for England both in the second row and the back row, 5 times as captain, 4 tests in the Lions back row on the undefeated 1974 tour to South Africa.

Roger was born in Blackpool, attended Montgomery High School and Blackpool Grammar School and played first for Fylde then Gosforth before finishing his career at Wasps.

He coached the successful London and South East Divisional side in the mid to late 80’s before working with Geoff Cooke to coach and guide the England XV captained by Will Carling to the final of the 1991 World Cup. He was also assistant coach to the victorious 1989 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia.

In 1997 he was asked to manage the England XV, a job he enjoyed doing despite it coinciding with the infamous tour to hell.

His professional life has always been in teaching physical education and for 20 years he was Director of that subject at Harrow School.

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Patron – Stuart Boreham

Cerebral Palsy Sport is proud to have Stuart Boreham as a Patron of our charity. Stuart was the first person with a disability to row across the Atlantic solo in 2004. This is one of many achievements held by Stuart – he’s competed in the 1996 BT Global Challenge round-the-world yacht race and driven a lawn mower from John O’Groats to Lands End for charity (his top speed was 7mph!)

Stuart is not only an adventurer, he is also a successful entrepreneur and a motivational speaker. Stuart has Cerebral Palsy which affects his movements. Stuart’s had to overcome problems with CP since he was a child, having to undergo operations on his legs and is an incredible advocate of what can be achieved.

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