Charity CEO, Ted Hill MBE, wrote a letter to editors in support of disability fashion following Ambassador Anne Wafula Strike’s investiture yesterday. Anne wore a stunning dress designed by Izzy Camilleri that incorporated her wheelchair and proved that disability is no barrier when it comes to fashion.
Anne strikes a stylish blow for Polio, PPS and disabled fashion
I would like to congratulate Paralympian and British Polio Fellowship ambassador Anne Wafula Strike on receiving her MBE and for using this achievement to make the case for those like herself living with Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) to have greater access to practical, fashionable clothing.
Clothes make a big difference to the way we all feel about ourselves and for too long those with Polio and PPS and the disabled in general have been poorly served. The issue only seems trivial to those of us fortunate enough to be able to take such things for granted.
Access to fashion, like so many other aspects of life, has long been a problem for the disabled. For those like Anne using a wheelchair, there are practical as well as style factors to consider. Anne collected her MBE in a dress created by international designer Izzy Camilleri a specialist in disabled fashion, which made Anne look fantastic and capped Anne’s efforts to raise awareness of the issue.
By wearing a dress made entirely out of train tickets in July (the first of its kind) Anne called for the needs of those with Polio and PPS to be addressed. Following her MBE, Anne will be joining us at the Palace of Westminster on 22 October, as The British Polio Fellowship marks PPS Day 2014 by taking the concerns of 120,000 people with PPS to the heart of government.
Using style and substance we will be campaigning for the needs to those with Polio and PPS to be more widely recognised. For more details or information on The British Polio Fellowship, call us on 0800 043 1935, email at email@example.com or visit the website at www.britishpolio.org.uk
Ted Hill MBE
CEO of The British Polio Fellowship