I am very proud and excited to share our website with you.
It has been many months in development and I think it signals how LPUK has matured as a charity. The site aims to be an invaluable resource to the dwarfism community, their friends and families. Membership can be completed via this website and in time event registration will be available through the site too.
Chair, Little People UK
We aim to be an essential resource for little people and their families.
Become a member of Little People UK to keep up-to-date with what we are doing, receive invitations to events across the UK and get hold of new information literature that we produce.
Here is a great idea, approach your local florist to donate a bunch of flowers, then create a grid of numbers e.g. 1-100. Ask people to 'buy' one (or as many as tey would like) number from the grid for around £1. This will be their entry. Once the whole grid has been bought, choose one of the numbers at random, the person who 'bought' that number, wins the prize.
If I may take a few moments to explain who we are and why we do what we do…
Echo Base UK Vintage was set up by our founder Adam Pemberton in 2014 to provide a safe, secure and fun way to sell, swap, trade and discuss vintage Star Wars toys. Since then we grown and have groups in the USA, Benelux, Australia and Scandinavia with a membership of over 30,000. We host two events each year in the UK (Echo Live) that have grown with us in this period and now attract over 90 traders, numerous guest Star Wars actors and Cosplay. We are a not for profit organization run in the UK by 10 admin who give considerable amounts of their free time for this.
One aspect of the group we were keen to develop was our charity work. We believe that you should give back as much as you can and each year one of our admin will pick a charity close to their heart and we have supported this through the sale of Echo branded merchandise (Shirts, posters, mugs etc) and other means such as various raffles, auctions etc. We have previously raised funds for:
Ronald McDonald House Charity - £2,115
Lothian Autistic Society - £1,963
MacMillan Cancer Support - £9,438
NI Children’s Hospice - £5,290
Special Wheelchair for a member’s daughter - £4,080
BEAT Eating Disorders - £8200
This year our chosen charity, Little People UK was picked by one of our Admin team, Paul Smith. It is close to his heart and affects many of our members. Our plan is to raise awareness of the problems little people face and to raise as much money as we can to support the fine work your organization does. Since we launched this campaign on October 5th we have raised just over £1.2K and with two Echo Live events scheduled for this year and plans for further merchandise, auctions and raffles we hope to smash our £5k target.
You can help by donating and/or sharing their JustGiving page.
10 weeks - can’t wait to wear this vest!
please have a read or visit www.littlepeopleuk.org and if you would like to please donate. Thank you to everyone who has shown their support so far!
I have signed up to the Lakeland 50(50 mile trail run) in July to raise awareness and hopefully some funds for Little People UK. To help support them as they have our family. Our daughter was born with Achondroplasia a skeletal condition which causes dwarfism. Annabelle is full of life, happy, healthy and cheeky! just like any other 4 year old however I have always been aware of the many physical and social barriers she will face as time goes on. When Annabelle was diagnosed at 9 months I couldn’t look too far into the future without feeling worried about the struggles she will be faced with and didn’t feel like we really had anyone to turn to for advice (which I know sounds completely crazy as we have amazing family and friends). I felt no one was quite in the same boat or fully understood our situation or Annabelle’s condition. That was until last August, when we were introduced to Little People UK and attended our first LPUK convention. It was finally an opportunity for us to speak to other parents, a specialist medical team and the highlight for me personally was having the opportunity to speak to and learn from some inspirational young women, with the same condition as Annabelle. For the first time since Annabelle was born we felt like we belonged. LPUK is an amazing charity that is passionate about raising awareness, increasing social acceptance and supporting individuals with all types of dwarfism and their families. Please read the justgiving page or take a look at www.littlepeopleuk.org to learn more about Dwarfism and help raise awareness. If you can please donate to this amazing charity that I know will be such a positive influence in our lives..Thank you.
JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/Natalie-Dicks1
Our daughter, Freya, was born in June 2019 and she has a condition called Achondroplasia, which is a form of dwarfism.
Very little is known about the condition (the chances are about 1 in 25,000 of having a baby who will have the condition) and most people think it is just a case of having shorter arms and legs. But there are so many more health complications that can be attached to the condition. When Freya was 2 weeks and then 5 weeks old she stopped breathing, resulting in lenghty hospital stays and multiple tests. But we are now home and she is doing really well. She will always have to have routine check ups throughout her life.
I am running the following events in order to raise money and awareness. If anyone would like to come and join me or support me on any of them then please feel free.
If you would like to support, please visit JustGiving.
Check out Gareth's fantastic interview on BBC Radio 5 Live where he talks about having a child with Achondroplasia and Little People UK.
Amber has set herself a challenge.
She is doing a Sponsored Swim to raise money for a charity that is close to us as a family - LPUK - Little People UK
Amber's going to swim 25 lengths/250 metres. The swim is going to be on 10th August, and any money she collects she will give to the charity at the annual convention two weeks after.
If anyone would like to Sponsor her please message us, Amber would be very grateful. Many Thanks The Smith family.