Sandy's Hat


Sandy started volunteering at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in the early 1980s. She worked in social services and would time her holidays to volunteer behind the bar every evening during the Stoke Mandeville Games. 

Sandy’s badges were gifts and as her collection grew alongside the fame of her hat, people would save badges especially for her.

Sandy wears her hat from time to time whilst volunteering at today’s sporting events and it has even received the attention of, and a donation from Prince Charles at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Sandy’s photographic collage captures many of Stoke Mandeville Stadium’s events including the 1984 Paralympic Games, her happy memories and those of the many other volunteers that she is proud to have worked alongside over the years.

Paralympian, Jane Blackburn's trophies

Jane Blackburn competed in five Paralympic Games, from 1972 to 1992, in the sports of Table Tennis, Archery and Lawn Bowls winning 5 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze medals. You can read Jane's story here

Trophy cups from Heidelberg 1972 and the ISMGF Table Tennis European Championships

These trophies are from Heidelberg 1972 and the ISMGF Table Tennis European Championships

Pin badge donations on display at the Paralympic Heritage Centre

Pin badge from Stoke Mandeville International Games and from Stoke Paraplegic Athletic club

International Stoke Mandeville Wheelchair Games pin badge

Given to volunteers each year, the badge has loops at the back where a bar would have been connected and would have displayed the year.

Stoke Paraplegic Athletic Club (SPAC) pin badge

First disabled sports club, still going today with members including Caz Walton OBE, Sally Haynes MBE and Margaret Maughan. Some of the members have not seen a badge like this before. The club still meet at Stoke Mandeville Stadium from time to time for a catch up and social sport.