Home: Bournemouth, Dorset
Parallel Challenge: 5km
I live at Talbot Manor – a residential home for young disabled people, run by Livability. It’s really good because we’re like a close-knit family. We live next to Bournemouth University and the people there are so friendly and helpful.
I first heard about Parallel London when one of the managers here at Talbot Manor came to me and asked if I wanted to take part. I’ve never done anything like this before so I was excited and thought I’d give it a go!
I have cerebral palsy and use a wheelchair. My condition affects me physically, particularly my limbs.
Before I came to Talbot Manor I was a student at Victoria Education Centre – Livability’s school for young disabled people. Although I’ve been involved with Livability for a number of years, Parallel London will be a new experience with the charity.
I was being bullied at a previous school and I have had to deal with a lot of things that many people haven’t had to deal with. But as I’ve grown older I know that I’m just like anyone else, I just have difficulties and I work hard to overcome them.
I also work hard at my passion which is my music. Recently I’ve started writing songs; most of them have a story behind them. I’m even more excited about it because I’m able to produce my own music straight on my laptop.
Being bullied was very upsetting so I wrote a song called ‘Why Did You?’, which I performed at a local event at Bournemouth University. It’s a song not only for disabled people but also for anyone that is going through bullying. I wanted to get across that they’re not alone. If they stay strong and tell someone you can get make it out the other side.
Events like Parallel London are important because they bring people together. You have the opportunity meet new people, both able-bodied and disabled. I’m excited because there’ll be lots of people there. You’ll be able to hear their stories and also share your own so it’s going to be very interesting.
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