Celebrities, Paralympians and personalities are joining forces to help drive a new national campaign, in which disabled people are seen for what they can do.
Disability charity Papworth Trust is encouraging everyone to see people for what they can do, rather than what they can’t, with its I can campaign, launched on Wednesday 7 May. It will feature a new television advertisement, as well as posters on billboards and leaflets.
Inspirational people fronting the campaign include Professor Stephen Hawking, world renowned musician Dame Evelyn Glennie, quadruple amputee and mountaineer Jamie Andrew, and Paralympians Jonnie Peacock, Pam Relph, and Fran Williamson.
This is what they had to say about I can:
“Having a disability is all about what you can do,” Jonnie Peacock MBE, Paralympic 100m gold medallist.
“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change,” Professor Stephen Hawking.
“Achievement comes from listening. For me, listening is about more than hearing,” Dame Evelyn Glennie DBE.
“Our greatest limitations are the ones we impose on ourselves,” Jamie Andrew, Mountaineer.
“If I can’t do something, I keep trying until I can,” Fran Williamson, Paralympian swimmer
“When I was told I could not do what I wanted, I focussed on what I can do and won a gold medal!” Pam Relph MBE, Paralympian rower.
Papworth Trust’s Director of Strategy and Marketing, David Martin said: “We are really proud that so many inspirational people have joined us to spread the message of our I can campaign. They are great examples for being seen for what they can do and are an inspiration to us all.
“What drives us all here at Papworth Trust is the passion to work with disabled people to create a world where we are seen for what we can do, working together for equality, choice and independence.”
“We support more than 20,000 people, their families and carers every year. Our services have been created with the people we work with, to support them to live their lives to the full. We aim to achieve our vision by inspiring everyone to try to change our world and work together so that we can make a difference.”
Please visit www.papworthtrust.org.uk to find out more about Papworth Trust’s I can campaign and their essential services for disabled and older people.
About Papworth Trust:
Disability charity Papworth Trust works with more than 20,000 people through a range of services including helping people to find and keep jobs, to live in homes adapted to their needs, to learn new skills and to enjoy more opportunities. For more information visit www.papworthtrust.org.uk.