It's been 3 weeks since we began the Accessible Tourism Roadtrip. So far we've had an amazing boatride to Santander, saw old friends in Aviles, made t...
This month I set off to row 3,600 miles across the Indian Ocean. In history, there have only been four successful attempts by a rowing pair. But the question I am asked most often is, 'why'? The answer is, 'because I can'! But of course like most things in life, it's not quite as simple as that. Let me explain...
The majority of people with Parkinson's would prefer to die at home but research suggests they are more likely to die in hospital. That's why at Parkinson's UK we are calling for more work to be done to help people communicate their wishes about their death in the early stages of the condition.
At first it sounds impossible, but it's not. People do it all over the world for days and even weeks on end. I remember vividly the second week living with my host family in Nicaragua. We had a big orange carton called a "pichinga" which we filled up with water from the well at the bottom of our garden and purified with a chlorine tablet. Occasionally we would have running water from a tap to be purified.
When I established Mosaic back in 2007 it was my hope that we might be able to encourage young people in the United Kingdom to realize their talents and potential. I hardly dared hope then that Mosaic would go on to develop an innovative International Leadership Programme which now touches the lives of young people in eighteen different countries. I have long believed that today's world poses challenges to all of us that can only be resolved by effective and sustained partnerships across national boundaries. Climate change, poverty, violence and instability can only be tackled by individuals coming together from across the globe.
A year ago on 16th May 2014, I was making daily calls to the Samaritans and was coping with suicidal feelings so strong that I could barely leave the house due to the dangerously close proximity of a train station nearby where I vividly pictured the end of my life taking place.
During my 20s, I realised my speech impairment and drooling made me a 'freak', which I regard as a positive term, and therefore there was little point conforming if it was not helping me. This realisation gave me the freedom to try bibs, helmets, nappies, cups and other devices that could help me have a comfortable lifestyle, especially in an era when these were not as acceptable as today.
As the post-election dust settles and MPs start to move into their new offices in Whitehall, I want the Department for International Development (DFID) to prioritise the injustice of hunger and undernutrition; a leading cause of child mortality accounting for one-third of all deaths of children under five.
Too many young people are growing up with no support or guidance. With no-one to turn to, many of these young people are battling issues such as long-term unemployment, addiction, homelessness and depression, alone. Life can seem very bleak for these young people, and we need to help them before it is too late. This is why I am a proud Ambassador for The Prince's Trust. I am a huge supporter of the youth charity's work because they believe every young person deserves a chance to succeed in life.
This week, the United Kingdom was declared the most LGBT-friendly place in Europe and yet there is one group of people in this country who have little to celebrate: LGBT asylum seekers. Five years ago, the Conservative Party promised that it would protect LGBT asylum seekers fleeing persecution. So far they have failed.
The 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 25th April left the country reeling, killing over 8,000 people, injuring more than 18,000 and leaving 2.8 million people without homes. There was much talk that this earthquake was expected, but it seems that no amount of preparedness will be enough to keep pace with the increasing disaster risk...
We should bear that fact in mind before denying our responsibilities in this crisis. Migration and asylum claims are part of our modern world and we need to be pro-active in international collaboration between countries of origin, transit and destination in order to preserve the right to seek international protection.
Guide Dogs for the Blind Association is a UK based charity training dogs that will quite literally lead people with sight loss to the path of freedom....
The surprising general election result has left many disability campaigners and activists in shock, with immediate welfare based allegations of all round doom and gloom in what they see as an unfair result. But the nation voted and in England at least, their welfare based desire to exclude disabled people in the name of fairness and compassion failed.
I really hope I don't have to tell you how false this conspiracy is, although I might just be a part of that exact vile Tory plot.
It is now two weeks since a deadly earthquake struck Nepal but, with the media attention currently focused on the results of our general election, it is so important that we don't lose sight of the dangers that children are facing in the aftermath of this disaster.