A new nationwide campaign has been launched today and the hospice is proud to support it.

Today, a new campaign has been launched to  open the eyes of the public and improve the understanding of the challenges faced by families on a day-to-day basis.

Through the Secret Life of Us nationwide appeal, The Disabled Children’s Partnership wants to remove the barriers to people being able to relate to the lives of disabled children, creating greater understanding, affinity and empathy for them and their families.

St Andrew's Hospice has signed up to support the campaign and the Partnership. For more information about how you can sign up, click here.

A spokesperson said: "We need to do this because without awareness and understanding, we cannot achieve real change. But, with increased awareness and public support we can make a real difference and provide disabled children, young people and their families access to the services they are entitled to, when they need them.

"The Secret Life of Us campaign brings to life the realities of the challenges disabled children, young people and their families face in living a life many of us take for granted. This is because 43% of the British public don’t know anyone who is disabled and therefore are simply unaware of the challenges they encounter.

"The truth is, we need public support and understanding to affect change and make a lasting difference to the way disabled children, young people and their families are treated in society. In order to achieve the change we need, we will bring the realities of their lives closer to people across England. We will do this by revealing the part of their lives that most people simply do not see." 

You can watch a video here about Toby, who loves playing outside and racing around with his friends. Toby started wheelchair racing when he was seven and he’s never looked back. He also takes part in triathlons, basketball and wheelchair BMX all over the country.



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