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Group LPUK

With the help of customers and Tesco in Corby, Little People UK raised over £800, by taking part in bag packing and raised awareness of dwarfism at the same time.

Disability Living Allowance (DLA)/Personal Independance Payment (PIP)

Last weekend, Little People UK's 'DLA/PIPs working group' met to discuss the pertinent matter of the transition from DLA to PIPs, which we know is currently a huge cause for concern to our members, and many others within the dwarfism community.   

We are aware of several members who have already had their allowances removed, and are either going through appeals or struggling without this assistance. We know action is needed urgently. 

LPUK are investigating a number of avenues to help provide the support our members require. For example; sourcing professional help, speaking with members of parliament and generally gathering as much information about the process as possible, with the aim of publishing an advisory section on this website. Further to this, we have plans to incorporate a DLA/PIP workshop into the programme of events at LPUK's 5th Annual Convention, later in the year. 

In the meantime, we are building a FAQ section on this website to help answer some of the most common questions and alleviate some of the most immediate concerns.

If you have any useful information/advice you can pass on, both positive and negative, about the initial application or appeal process, please don't hesitate to get in touch via our contact page, in confidence.. 

Hello, I'm Richard Bannister, and in 2016 I shall be running the Virgin London Marathon in aid of LPUK.

This will be my ninth, and quite possibly, my last marathon. 

I ran my first marathon whilst at junior school at the tender age of nine, although the distance was spread over a few days running! I have since run a further seven full marathons, Dublin twice, Edinburgh twice, Nottingham, Chester and London along with numerous half marathons, 10k's, 5k's and also a couple of kilomathons too! I'm not the best runner in the world by a long shot, but I have enjoyed it over the years and in my final marathon I'm hoping to finally crack the sub four hours time, but that remains to be seen!

I'm a serving firefighter for Humberside Fire Service stationed in Grimsby, Lincolnshire  and I enjoy my job immensely. It certainly brings up many surprises as no two days are ever the same! But probably the best part of the job I do is helping people in so many different ways, being there when someone needs our help.

I have a great family life with my lovely wife Lisa and our lovely ten year old son, Joseph. We love to go walking and camping and generally try to have fun as much as possible. 

I'm really looking forward to raising the awareness of Little People UK by running the marathon and will hopefully see some of you during and after the race.

To sponsor Richard please visit his JustGiving page here

At Little People UK's 4th Annual Convention, in August 2015, we were delighted to welcome our first ever medical panel. One of the consultants attending was Mr Mark Latimer, Paediatric Orthopaedic Consultant at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals, below is a feature written in their hospital magazine 'Pulse':  

 Mark Latimer Medical Panel Article

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