Disability Pride Brighton

09 August 2018

The biggest celebration for and by disabled people in the UK has taken place in Brighton and Hove.

The second annual Disability Pride Brighton welcomed almost 3,000 people to their event, which included a parade from Brighton seafront to Hove Lawns, where the all-day event took place with live music, stalls and street food.

People’s Health Trust has invested in the project to support disabled people to organise and deliver the event, ensuring that no-one is excluded from becoming actively involved.

The event is a celebration of the contribution disabled people make to community life and aims to promote inclusion and raise awareness for people with all disabilities – visible and invisible.

Founder and Chair, Jenny Skelton, said: “I started Disability Pride Brighton after my daughter was the victim of disability discrimination. I don’t want others to have to experience this and so we created this all-inclusive event aimed at tackling the issue and empowering disabled people.

“I hope the event keeps growing over time and I’d really love to see a Disability pride in every city in Britain.”

Committee Member, Naomi, said: "It is because of Disability Pride that I am able to be happy in my own body as a disabled person. It is because of Disability Pride and being part of the Committee that I am able to help speak for those disabled people who may be non-verbal or may not feel comfortable yet to speak for themselves. I feel like because of Disability Pride, I am able to have a place in society which can radically make changes to how disabled people are seen, not just in Brighton but all over the UK."

The group is partly supported by People’s Health Trust’s Active Communities programme using money raised through The Health Lottery in the South East. It is also supported by the Brighton and Hove Local People projects, both funded by the Trust.

 

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