Our hero Billy Monger, who became a double amputee after a horrendous motor racing crash aged only 17, set himself the most gruelling challenge for Comic Relief.
Billy's challenge was to walk, cycle and kayak a staggering 140 miles. The furthest he has walked in one session before the challenge was 2 miles. There's a fantastic documentary on BBC iPlayer and read more on the Comic Relief website.
His total fundraising to date? More than £3,000,000.00!
Watch as Billy finds out he raised more than £2 million!
Monday, March 8th 2021 was International Women’s Day and Pace Rehabilitation were proud to highlight some of the positive female role model patients who attend their facilities.
We loved their website showcasing the achievements and talents of individuals who show a determined attitude and positive approach, in the face of life-changing injuries and challenges.
Including Julie Rogers, who has competed in Paralympic sport since 10 years of age and is currently training towards her third Paralympic Games!
SPECS being an acronym of the core psychosocial factors that are important to address in successful neurorehabilitation: Social, Physical, Emotional, Cognitive and Spiritual.
Psychosocial factors like these are major predictors of long-term outcomes and few training packages exist for professionals that specifically address the unique psychosocial needs of children and young people with acquired brain injury.
This short webinar on 22nd April will be delivered by Dr Gemma Costello, Head of Psychosocial Services with The Children’s Trust.
Find Out More and Register Here
What is a Disabled Facilities Grant?
A Disabled Facilities Grant, also known as a DFG, is a grant available to disabled people from your local council if you need to make essential changes to your home due to your disability.
These changes could include things like improving personal hygiene facilities, for example, installing a walk-in shower or converting a downstairs room into an accessible toilet or improving access to your home for example widening doorways or installing ramps.
A DFG may also cover certain types of equipment for example hoists.
The council need to be satisfied that the work is necessary and appropriate to meet a disabled person’s needs and that it is reasonable and can be done...
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A man whose speech aid makes him sound "American" has thanked voice donors after an appeal to help him speak in his native Yorkshire accent.
Richie Cottingham, from East Yorkshire, who has cerebral palsy, wanted to create a new voice so he could "sound like my family and friends".More than 35 people responded to the plea and three local men have now been chosen for their voices to be recorded.
"Once I have a new unique voice, I have an identity," said Mr Cottingham.
"I would like to say thank you to all the volunteers who took the time and effort to apply," said the 26-year-old, who lives near Howden.
Amber has Down's syndrome and is about to start school together with her twin sister, Olivia. Although at first her experience is positive, she soon starts to struggle and asks to stay at home. Olivia is keen to keep her twin sister in the same class and so begins the struggle of keeping the girls together at school.
The film follows the challenges for both girls through 4 years of school and charts the changes in their relationship, uniquely from their own perspectives.
You can watch the teaser below, a trailer or watch Amber and Me from your home in UK and Ireland through Virtual Screenings (online screenings) in partnership with various cinemas and charities listed on the website.
You can also stream the film direct from the website. Every ticket bought will support a cinema or a charity partner and schools programme.
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Care workers across the UK who have to sleep at their workplace in case they are needed are not entitled to the minimum wage for their whole shift, the Supreme Court has ruled.
The case was brought by Clare Tomlinson-Blake against the learning disability charity, Mencap.
If she had won, care providers feared an estimated £400m bill for back pay, which they said they could not afford. The case sought to overturn a 2018 Court of Appeal ruling.
Snap Care Comment:
The issue that never seems to be addressed, is properly qualifying the type of night shift that is worked. We define night roles as: Sleeping: Only there in case of an emergency, On-call: Expected to be needed 2 or 3 times a night, and Waking: Awake and working all night.
We hear many support workers say their role is classed as a 'Sleep-in' Night.
They are paid a fixed amount but are required to be on-call and attending to the client several times a night.
We believe if the roles were more clearly defined, the support workers would be paid appropriately and clients just needing someone present in case of an emergency, could agree to an affordable nightly rate.
Woody is only eight years old but he has a lot to say about lockdown.
He was diagnosed with autism when he was three and the condition has given him a unique viewpoint on the world.
His dad Sonny is now turning his son's poetic observations into art to raise money for an autism charity.
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