Baroness Masham of Ilton is a former longstanding patron of Greenbank and sadly passed away in March 2023. She herself had a disability and had been a Greenbank Patron for over 30 years.
Created a life peer in 1970, she was an active member of the House of Lords, where she took a keen interest in issues surrounding disability, health and penal reform.
Baroness Masham of Ilton was also a former Paralympian, winning medals for table tennis in 1960, 1964 and 1968.
She explained why she was a supporter of Greenbank and campaigned for societal improvements for disabled people:
“Being disabled myself I know only too well the importance of good access to as many places as possible and parking for people using wheelchairs is very important. It is also important that people who have disability get the appropriate rehabilitation and training for daily living and employment. Correct housing for people who have a serious disability is very important and there is not enough suitable housing throughout the country. Therefore Members of Parliament, local councillors and the planners and health providers should all be made aware of the very varied needs of people with disabilities.
There should be good communication between all Services for disabled people. So often they are passed from one to another and Services become fragmented.”