I hope you’re all having a great weekend?…
With Christmas just around the corner I think it’s so important to give back to charity whenever you can. You see, everyone thinks Christmas is full of presents, decorations, music, laughter and sparkle. Sadly, this isn’t the case for some of us it can be the worst time of year in the world.
In tonight’s blog I’m going to take you through some of my favourite charities and why they are so important to me. I also had a very exciting interview with BBC Lancashire talking all about this blog! Since I first started this I cannot believe the outpouring of love and support I’ve received so thank you all so much!! I have some excellent news about my Britain’s Got Talent audition so strap yourselves in guys!!
My Favourite Charities
Whizz-Kidz is a charity very close to my heart. Whizz-Kidz provide specialist equipment to children and young people with a huge spectrum of disabilities whilst promoting independence within each child and helping them live life to the full.
They also assist with mobility and life skills training. Back in 1998 when I was 4 with the help of my family and Whizz-Kidz we raised money for an electric wheelchair. At the time my mum was an ambassador for the charity and she made a speech all about me living with Cerebral Palsy. I may have only been very young but it still makes me smile to this day. My first wheelchair was a Permobil. I thought I was Michael Schumacher! because it came with headlights, 5 different speeds, indicators, a horn and I could raise and lower myself from the ground.
For me receiving a wheelchair from Whizz-Kidz was the icing on the cake for all of us as I no longer required anybody to push me in a manual wheelchair. I can’t begin to describe the amount of freedom I had running through my body, not being able to walk has and never will be an issue for me because walking is just an added bonus. Even though I had speech issues I am beyond grateful that my communication skills are excellent now because I can blog and be an advocate for so many people. Without the help of Whizz-Kidz I think it would’ve been a completely different story. 22 years on and I can’t thank them enough.
My next charity of choice is Blackburn Youth Zone.
I became a member back in June and I can honestly say this has totally transformed my life. The Diversity Club runs from 10;00am-1pm . This club is for young children and adults with a very wide variety of physical and additional disabilities. We do loads of activities from arts & crafts to karaoke!! To become a member it costs £3 for yearly membership and 50p for each session. All the staff are incredible and they really do help us to thrive and realise our potential. Blackburn Youth Zone is a huge family and I would be lost without them
BBC Radio Lancashire
On Tuesday, I took part in an interview for BBC Radio Lancashire’s drive-time show. I contacted BBC Children in Need and told them all about my blog and the story so far. Just a few days later my mobile rang and a lovely journalist named Katy Booth was blown away by my story. Now here’s the scary bit. Katy also has Cerebral Palsy and she was born on my birthday September 28th.In my eyes the interview had to go ahead. Isn’t it crazy when similar stories and backgrounds bring people together?
The main purpose of the interview was to talk about the blog, my own thoughts on Cerebral Palsy and where I would be in 5 or 1o years time. When I first started CP & Me it was for fun and I thought I’d only get a handful of viewers but the numbers seem to increase day by day and I can’t really take it in that thousands of people all over the world are wanting to know about Francesca Dean and who she really is and I won’t stop writing either. Just knowing I’m helping somebody who has a completely different spectrum or if there’s parents pulling their hair out, constantly crying out for answers scrolling the internet means the world to me.
Britain’s Got Talent
After a few days wait my Britain’s Got Talent audition is this Saturday!! I can’t describe how I feel!! It will be a long day but it’ll all be so worth it. I’m more determined than ever to see the judges but my family and Blackburn Youth Zone are my main reasons for doing this because they’ve sacrificed everything to make sure I live life to full capacity. Blackburn Youth Zone have supported me from day 1 and they mean so much to me. My song choices are ‘I’ll Stand By You by Girls Aloud and ‘All We Needed by Craig David. If I don’t get through to see the judges I will be gutted. Your support means everything no matter which stage of the competition I reach please pick up your phones and vote for Francesca!!
I love you all so much!!