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In July, Little People UK delegates attended the 61st Little People of America National Conference, in Orlando, learning lots and making some great new connections to help develop LPUK in the future and continue to fully support our members. 

The LPA National Conference schedule was filled with lots of workshops and activities, all designed to provide delegates with medical knowledge, social support, equipment information and chance to meet others from around the world. 

Primary Care

Little People UK attended the Primary Care and Public Health Exhibition in Birmingham, we were delighted to meet many people from the healthcare profession, including midwives, support workers, occupational and physio therapists, we look forward to making contact with everyone to raise awareness of Little People UK, dwarfism and further support our members in the best way we can via the care profession.

Members of Little People UK have brought to our attention the article in the Leicester Mercury, regarding 'Dwarf Wrestling' the Little People UK committee have contacted all necessary parties with the following statement -
 
'Firstly, we must reiterate that Little People UK do not judge anyone for any activity they undertake. Therefore our comments are not directed towards the people with dwarfism who could possibly take up such an activity. However, LPUK dislike the use of a dwarf persons body being used as a spectacle and hope this is not the case.
 
A pertinent point to mention is - the term ‘midget’ is deemed highly offensive to many within the dwarfism community and can not be condoned. We have a Press Release on our website, which has LPUK’s thoughts on using the word, and how this should be stopped.'
 
We also ask if members feel strongly about this, to complete the poll which has been setup on the article page.
 
Thank you,
Little People UK
 

LPUK Awards Logo Final

At this years convention Little People UK are holding the second LPUK Positively Unique Awards, where we will celebrate the achievements of members of Little People UK! 

This has been kindly sponsored by Jay Moyes. 

We asked for nominees in three age categories - 

  • 0 -11 years
  • 12-18 years 
  • 19+ years

We asked that each application must show why the person nominated is Positively Unique; applications were open to people with dwarfism AND average height members of LPUK.

The nominations were sent, anonymously, to the LPUK committee for voting and a winner from each category decided.

The winners are - 

0-11 Category 

Winner: Ellie-Mai James

Ellie Mai James

Application: I would like to nominate my daughter for the award, she is an amazing young lady who faces so much in everyday life. In her 6 short years she has gone through and seen more than most people see in a lifetime, not only through herself but also through witnessing her dad have a massive life-changing stroke. She lives each day to the full and doesn't let anything get on top of her, she has had to take on board that her dad can no longer be the amazing man that he was and has to accept the way he is now. She has recently won an award for young citizen of the year and I feel that this award reflects on the amazing person that she is, she gives 100% effort everyday and is amazingly proud to be a little person. Please accept this as my nomination for an amazing little girl.

12-18 Category

Winner: Jemma Hart

Jemma Hart

Application: I would like to nominate my daughter for this award because of her incredible fund raising efforts this year. Even though she was studying hard for A levels she desperately wanted to raise money and awareness for dwarfism. She approached the head of her school to hold a 12 hour fundraiser, which all 325 pupils were to be involved in. With full support she organised the whole event, securing a visit from the one and only Warwick Davis and the lovely Sammy. She arranged for TV and newspaper coverage and for a school assembly to be held by Thomas Mills from DSA and a pre recorded video from Ellie Simmonds was shown. In addition, one of the pupils has a brother with achondroplasia. It was his birthday and a cake was presented to him and he had his first chance to meet with other little people. This has proven so valuable to his family. The event was a huge success and raised not only awareness but over £3000!

19+ Category

Winner: The Mattock Family

Mattock Family

Application: I would like to nominate a family for a the #PositivelyUnique award.  The family this year began their fundraising journey with bags of enthusiasm, great energy and a few nerves but have planned, arranged and taken part in a variety of fund raising activities (baking, making chocolate and sweet bouquets,  running a number of cake sales and completing a sponsored fun run in Leicester for LPUK).  So far 2018 has been packed with fundraising activities (one a month, so far) and there is more to come! (£1,580.30 raised to date.) They are well on the way to becoming seasoned fundraising professionals and hopefully having bags of fun in the process.  Realising that fundraising is great for all involved, the charity, the people it supports, the people you talk with at events, the engagement on social media and they themselves are enjoying the events together and the sense of achievement after. Further events planned are additional school cake sales, further sponsored run and charity meal. Each event is raising a fantastic sum to benefit all supported by LPUK and raising the profile around dwarfism conditions and LPUK.  

RideLondon

Little People UK have recently gained places for the Prudential RideLondon, to help fundraise. We have these spaces for the next three years, if you would be interested in undertaking this challenge, to help raise funds for Little People UK, please get in touch by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone who has booked for the Spa Day in November! 

To help members attend we have introduced a new price of £50 for this event, however this does not include an LPUK Spa Robe. 

Contact us for more information! 

LPUK Spa Day 70

LPUK Awards Logo FinalAt this years convention Little People UK held the inaugural Positively Unique Awards, where we celebrated the achievements of members of Little People UK! 

This was kindly sponsored by Jay Moyes. 

We asked for nominees in three age categories - 

  • 0 -11 years
  • 12-18 years 
  • 19+ years

We asked that each application must show why the person nominated is Positively Unique; applications were open to people with dwarfism AND average height members of LPUK.

The nominations were sent, anonymously, to the LPUK committee for voting and a winner from each category decided.

The winners were... 

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John CrawfordLittle People UK supporter and Medical Panel participant Mr John Crawford is running the Peterborough Marathon to raise funds for LPUK. 

If you would like to support Mr Crawford in supporting Little People UK, please visit his JustGiving page. 

 

Jamies Italian logoHuge thank you to Jamie’s Italian chefs Karl and Sam for their excellent ‘Healthy Cooking’ workshop. They have kindly sent us the recipes for Pasta Genovese and Black Forest Chocolate Mousse, which we have given below. 

Partnering Jeans for GenesHuge thank you to Genetics Disorders UK for granting Little People UK with a Jeans for Genes grant, to enable Little People UK to create a video about LPUK and its fantastic members. The video will show that regardless of any problems and challenges people with dwarfism may face, many people live fuliflled and happy lives. 

Please help raise funds for Little People UK and other charities which support people with Genetic Disorders by taking part in Jeans for Genes Day 2018, visit their website for information and how to order a free fundraising pack. 

Jeans for Genes Day

West Indies cricket shirt

At this years Little People UK convention in September, we had the pleasure of sharing a hotel with West Indies Cricket Team. Some of our audacious members managed to approach some of the team for a signed shirt that we are now putting up for auction to raise money for our fantastic charity.

Please visit eBay to take part in this auction.

LPUK member Danielle Webb is holding an event next weekend, everyone is welcome...
 
It's going to be a great day with lots of fun and activities suitable for all. Please see the poster for more information, or you can contact Danielle Webb directly.
 
Family Fun Day

Pauls Skydive

Huge well done to Paul Hinton for completing his Tandem Skydive yesterday! 

And a massive thank you to everyone who has donated, he has raised almost £1,400 for LPUK. 

Paul said "Well I did it! What a Fantastic experience! Would 100% do another! Thanks you to all family, friends and LPUK for your support!"

If you would still like to donate, you can do by visiting Paul's JustGiving page. 

Committee Paul Hinton

Little People UK committee member and supporter Paul Hinton will now be doing his tandem skydive on Sunday 25th September, 2016 at Sibson Airfield, Peterborough (PE8 6NE) from 12:00pm. 

 

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