Disabilities come in all shapes and sizes and affect people very differently. We generally think most people will be born with a disability, which is correct many people are. However, it is so important to realise that one in six of us will be affected by disability at some point in our lives. For many of us, it will be the hardest thing we ever have to face. Eight out of 10 people with a disability weren’t born with it. The vast majority become disabled through an injury, accident, heart attack, stroke or conditions like MS and motor neurone disease. Help and support is greatly needed for these people to help re-build their lives having to learn a new way to live day to day life with some kind of impairment.
Disabled people are far less likely to be employed than non-disabled people. Fewer than 50% of working-age disabled people are in work, compared to 75% of non-disabled people. Disabled people’s day to day living costs are 25% higher than those of non-disabled people due to specialised equipment that is needed. We need to offer support to disabled people to give them the skills and confidence to enter the work place. Educate employers so they do not see disability as a hindrance but embrace what people with disabilities can do!! There is a place for everyone, people just need to take time to understand individuals.
Disabled people are around three times as likely not to hold any qualifications compared to non-disabled people. This does not need to be the case. Everyone deserves and education and just because you have a disability does not mean you are unable to achieve this!
Disabled people are significantly more likely to be victims of crime than non-disabled people. But why? Because they are 'different or seen as an easy target?' More often that not its because people do not understand and rather than question it is easier to meet this situation with a front of 'toughness.' There are more than 11 million disabled people in the UK that is a lot of people! It is time to change prosecutions.
One in three households with a disabled person still live in ‘non-decent accommodation’. We are in the 21st century this is not acceptable. People just need help and support but often do not know how to go about getting this help.
With your donations Leonard Cheshire can be the helping hand that is much needed by people with disabilities to help them live life to the full and get some Independence back.
Leonard Cheshire support individuals to live, learn and work as independently as they choose, whatever their ability. Led by people with experience of disability, they are at the heart of local life - opening doors to opportunity, choice and support in communities around the globe. Leading by example, they do everything humanly possible to empower people to live their lives a freely and as fully as they choose.
So, with all this said I have chosen to support Leonard Cheshire and run the London Marathon to raise as much money as I can to help them with what they do best. And to raise as much awareness as possible on behalf of all those who have some form of disability. To let them know they are not alone and that they can get the help and support they need no matter what there background or situation!!
I am no natural runner, although I enjoy running I find it rather difficult. I was born with Hemiplegia, and although I don’t pay it much thought now I’m older, I still struggle with a weakness on my left side which has its challenges when running over a distance. Training will be difficult and I know this is going to be a real challenge but I am ready!
Please help me in anyway you can, every penny counts and the Leonard Cheshire and myself will be so grateful for your support!