We had a lovely time at the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland day in London on Saturday. It was great to see those who came along! We look forward to organising another day in London in the Summer and a different Winter Wonderland event next Christmas.
October was a fantastic month of raising awareness during Dwarfism Awareness Month, delegates attended the Celebrating Us - Hate Crime event in Cambridgeshire, which we found very informative, speaking to the Police Crime Commissioner for Cambridge, Chief Constable of Cambridge and the High Sheriff of Cambridge, amongst many other people and made them aware of ‘issues’ our members face. They were enlightened and intrigued to hear our stories and vowed to help us. Delegates also attended the Cambridgeshire Disability Partnership Board, where we discuss issues in and around the area to improve access and services for all disabled people, including people with dwarfism. We will soon have information which we can release to members throughout the UK about their local Healthwatch and how they can get involved to improve services in their area. We also attended the Peterborough Feel The Force Day, where we met lots of people, and made some great new contacts who could help us support our members.
LPUK participated in Dwarfism Awareness Month by posting daily updates on our social media channels, sending leaflets and information to various companies and organisations to display in their reception area, bringing dwarfism awareness to the greater public. We also held a few dwarfism awareness presentations, inducing attending two schools on 25th October, International Dwarfism Awareness Day.
Once again we've had some great fundraising from our supporters, including City College Peterborough, who very kindly donated to LPUK to help support our members,.
In October we also released information of our 'get together' at the Winter Wonderland event at Hyde Park. See the poster below for details, and all information on our Facebook page.
LPUK representatives had a great time at the Grand Arcade in Cambridgeshire on Sunday raising awareness of dwarfism, and also fundraising, whilst supporting the Grand Arcade's Christmas lights switch on, which was undertaken by LPUK President Warwick Davis.
We met lots of people, speaking to them about dwarfism and raising awareness and it was fantastic to help educate people about the many forms of dwarfism, correct terminology and helping them see that people with dwarfism are just like everyone else.
A huge thank you to the Grand Arcade and BBC Cambridgeshire's Jeremy Sallis, who also interviewed Warwick on his show.