Black and white head shot of Sally BrittonWe hope you are keeping well.

Whilst we know that the COVID-19 virus has significantly affected many of our families, clients and candidates, with the outline of the roadmap announced, we look forward to more positive times ahead.

This month we have read lots of interesting articles including Billy Monger's Big Challenge, a disturbing encounter with a dating service, Oliver Voysey's amazing fundraising and ever thought about becoming an astronaut?

Be sure to let us know if anyone you know applies! 

Best wishes, Sally and the team at Snap

Billy's Big Challenge!Billy Monger smiling next to a banner saying: Billy's Big Challenge, Red Nose Day

Billy Monger completes 'epic' Comic Relief Challenge

Racing driver Billy Monger has completed the final stage of a Comic Relief challenge by walking and cycling laps of his "home track" in Kent.

The 21-year-old, who had both legs amputated after a crash in 2017, covered 140 miles over four days by walking, cycling and kayaking. He completed 18 laps of Brands Hatch on a bike and three on foot, crossing the finish line at about 20:00 GMT.

Follow Billy on Instagram at @billymongerracing and Twitter at @BillyMonger to get all of the latest updates.Billy Monger and Chris Ramsey give the thumbs up

An hour-long documentary will follow the highs and lows of Billy’s journey on BBC One this March.



See the video below to hear Billy talk about his amazing Comic  Relief Challenge.

Billy, we salute you!

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At 17, Billy Monger had a racing accident. It was life-changing, and tested him mentally as well as physically

Dating with a Disability

Full text of Tweet, please see link to tweetPolitical journalist Lucy Webster experienced a terrible ordeal when she registered with a dating agency. Lucy called the agency and discussed her disability and all was fine, but when she later clarified she was a wheelchair user, received this reply. 

Sometimes it seems we have come a long way with inclusion and diversity, but examples like this, show we still have a long way to go. 

Many people on Twitter voiced their outrage at such a response and happily, the story was picked up by the lovely Alex Brooker on Channel 4's The Last Leg show, see his video below. 

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Alex Brooker discusses dating with a disability, how one woman was told to wait for a disabled service

Nike Go FlyEase

Nike wows with an all-new way to quickly and easily get into your shoes. The entire heel (including the sole) of the Nike Go FlyEase hinges open for a totally hands-free entry. Slip in, step down and presto! You're all set.

The Nike GO FlyEase will be available for some Nike Members starting on February 15. A broader launch of the shoe is planned for late March.

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Ambitious About AutismImage of someone in full PPE - A visual story to explain PPE

Resources and Downloads


Ambitious About Autism have created a range of practical resources, including templates and posters, that parents and young people can download and use at home during this difficult time.

Including:

  • Coronavirus Home Testing
  • Going Back to School or College
  • What is Personal Protective Equipment


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Australian Open:

Alfie Hewett & Gordon Reid win wheelchair doubles titles!

Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid wheelchair double winners at the Australian Open - fist bump their success


Britons Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid successfully defended their Australian Open men's wheelchair doubles title with victory over Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer of France.

The top seeds came through 7-5 7-6 (7-3) to claim their 10th Grand Slam title together - and fifth in a row.

They equalled the British record set by brothers Laurence and Reginald Doherty, who won 10 Grand Slam doubles titles at Wimbledon between 1897 and 1906.


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Roses are red... A photo of Amy's guide dog in harness. Roses are red, violets are blue. Don't distract my Guide Dog. She's gotta job to do.

#DisabilityValentines Message

We loved this Valentine's Day message from Dr Amy Kavanagh!

Roses are red.
Violets are blue.
Don't distract my Guide Dog.
She's gotta job to do. 
@BlondeHistorian

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European Space Agency:A photo of Amy's guide dog in harness. Roses are red, violets are blue. Don't distract my Guide Dog. She's gotta job to do.

Astronaut recruitment seeks disability applicants

The European Space Agency says it wants to recruit someone with a disability as part of its call for new astronauts.

ESA will be accepting applications in March to fill four-to-six vacancies in its astro corps but it wants this draft process to be as inclusive as possible. The search for a potential flier with additional functional needs will be run in parallel to the main call.

The agency has asked the International Paralympic Committee to advise it on selection.

"To be absolutely clear, we're not looking to hire a space tourist that happens also to have a disability," said Dr David Parker, the director of Esa's robotics and human spaceflight programme. "To be very explicit, this individual would do a meaningful space mission. So, they would need to do the science; they would need to participate in all the normal operations of the International Space Station (ISS).

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Deputy or Attorney – what is the difference?Boyes Turner Logo - Red Text

Charlene Hughes, Associate Solicitor


Whilst the roles of a Deputy and Attorney are similar, there are some important differences that you should be aware of. Let’s start off by looking at each of the roles.
Attorney

A power of attorney can be a ‘lasting’ or ‘enduring’ power of attorney. Whilst is it is no longer possible to set up an enduring power of attorney, if one is in place then generally it should still be valid (sometimes there can be an issue or issues that invalidate a power of attorney which on the face of it looks fine). 

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Lake District Calvert Trust

Fundraiser Tops £178,000

A boy with a severe brain injury has raised an "overwhelming" £178,000 for the charity that changed his life.

Oliver Voysey completed a series of challenges in the run-up to his 13th birthday in aid of the Lake District's Calvert Trust outdoor activity centre.

It is facing closure after losing more than £1m due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Oliver's mum, Sarah, said the family was amazed by the success of the appeal, which had an original target of £25,000.

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