Stella Young #StellaYoung

Really sad to hear about the passing of Stella Young, enjoyed watching her voice her opinions on disability and perception.

“Disability doesn’t make you exceptional, but questioning what you think you know about it does.”  – Stella Young

The idea that we should be actively trying to encourage the public to raise their expectations of what disabled people should be able to achieve will help us lower the barriers of social isolation that confront the disabled population every day. Given sufficient resources the vast majority of disabled people can be as productive members of society as the rest of the non-disabled population.

“I want to live in a world where we don’t have such low expectations of disabled people that we are congratulated for getting out of bed and remembering our own names in the morning.” – Stella Young


RIP Stella

Downing Street #thecosmos #regainsportscharity

what a spectacular couple of days, visited number 10 Downing Street yesterday to meet Samantha Cameron and have a tour. We were extremely privileged by being given the permission of Mr Cameron himself to visit the Prime Minister’s office as well as the Cabinet room, chancellors meeting rooms and the rest of the ground floor of Downing Street. Mrs Cameron was delightfully engaging and displayed a wealth of knowledge and interest in a number of really important issues in discussion with the “real-life” winners of the cosmopolitan awards. She was very flattering and actually called me “very handsome” when talking to Ellen and I. Of all the incredible peeople I have met I think the most inspirational person has to be the wonderful Kirsty Howard, if you don’t know who she is then you should… Google is your friend.

What a lovely night, what great people! #FabulousFriends thanks #TheCosmos #HaigClub @backuptrust @regainsportscharity

We have had an amazing couple of days being pampered with gifts and an award, for the love story category in the Hearst Company’s Cosmopolitan Magazine Ultimate Woman Awards 2014.

Yesterday was the award ceremony where we were made aware of many real issues being faced by people in the world including forced marriage, detecting and fighting cancer, youth violence and living with undiagnosed life-threatening disease. It was nice to meet celebrities taking it seriously and the inspirational people involved in the campaigns.

We were presented with the award and it was lovely to see our love and appreciation for life reflected by the audience.

Thanks to all the events team including Rosie, Jean, magazine editor Louise. Really enjoyed meeting Fearne Cotton, Pixie Lott, Tulisa, Danni from “The Script”, Millie Mackintosh and the wonderful inspirational Kirsty

Enjoyed seeing the feisty Mel B and McBusted in the flesh and love that Louie Walsh told me I “did a good job”, good complement from such a well-respected but ferocious critic.

photos to appear shortly on Flickr

Great to hear good things about the backup trust’s valuable mentoring service in the Guardian newspaper. Good Work Guys

lots of love and gratitude from Ellen and I