Hft adds voice to study about service provision for people with disabilities

Hft, a charity supporting adults with learning disabilities, has responded to calls for information from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on service provisions for persons with disabilities. 
Ms. Catalina Devandas-Aguilar, Special Rapporteur on the Rights Of Persons with Disabilities, launched the call as part of her study in to the global state of provisions of services for people with disabilities. The results of the report will be presented to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council in March 2017. 

WingWalking women reach for the skies for epilepsy

WingWalking women reach for the skies for epilepsy

Team of women completed a Wingwalk on Sunday, 10 July in Upminster to raise funds for national charity Young Epilepsy.

The super six, Emily Donoghue, Rebecca Turnbull, Vicki Kennedy, Monika Skrzypczak, Jane Moss and Sarah Nicholls, took it in turns to be strapped to the wing of a biplane as it took flight at the Damyns Hall aerodrome in Essex. The #ComeFlyWithYE team have raised £4,255.00 so far, which will go towards purchasing new equipment for the classrooms of the new specialist school at Young Epilepsy’s campus. 

Mencap respond to 40% increase in disability hate crimes in past year


The Crown Prosecution Service today released figures showing the number of prosecutions for hate crimes against disabled people has risen by 41.3% in the last year. Mencap issue the below statement highlighting the need for everyone in the criminal justice system to take disability hate crime seriously and apply the full strength of the law.

Dan Scorer, Head of Policy at the learning disability charity Mencap said: “Hate crimes against disabled people have been under-reported, not been identified and not charged appropriately by police, meaning perpetrators have not been brought to justice. Prosecution rates have been as low as 1% in recent years, giving disabled people little confidence that reporting hate crime will lead to action being taken.

Hearing loss charity encourages people to be proactive about their communication needs

The UK’s largest hearing loss charity Action on Hearing Loss is urging the 9million people in England who are deaf or have hearing loss to tell their GP what support they need to help them communicate

The call to the public comes as the charity launches its new campaign, ‘On the Record’, just under three weeks before the NHS England’s mandatory Accessible Information Standard comes into full force.

New figures show Shooting Star Chase is a lifeline for 5,000 local people in need

New figures released today reveal Shooting Star Chase has cared for 5,000 people in need across London and Surrey since Shooting Star and CHASE merged in 2011, increasing the number of families supported in five years by 36% - reinforcing the charity as a lifeline for children with life-limiting conditions and their families.

Remap – making things possible

Spoon - Remap, making things possible


Holding cutlery and being able to eat by yourself is a great boost to independence, so when Hazel could no longer hold cutlery or use any off-the-peg aids she worried for her future.Then she remembered Remap, the charity that provides custom-made equipment for disabled people of all ages, free of charge. She contacted Remap on 01732 760209 and explained that she was unable to use the fingers of one hand and had limited arm movement as a result of post-polio syndrome. Something would have to be designed especially for her. 

Intrepid charity champions to take on 26-mile mountain trek challenge

A mum-of-two will trek the length of a marathon through some of Scotland’s toughest terrain in just 12 hours to raise money for the charity that cares for her daughter.

Rosie McGearey, of South Queensferry, will tackle the Great Glencoe Challenge on 2 July on behalf of Scotland’s largest visual impairment organisation, Royal Blind.

Rosie’s daughter, Ciara, aged 19, lost her sight after contracting meningitis as a baby. She attended the Royal Blind School in Morningside and now has several nights respite care each week at the charity’s Forward Vision transitional service for young adults.

Now the 48-year-old former RAF medic, who is a full-time carer for Ciara, says she feels it is her duty to pay the charity back for its support.


This summer 60-year-old Robert Groves from Crawley will be embarking on an extraordinary 33 day charity hand-cycle of the UK coastline, covering 2,500 miles of England’s coastline to raise money for Hand-Cycling in Crawley.  Robert, who starts his challenge on 31 July, has been in training for months at The Gym Crawley ahead of his challenge. Starting at Brighton Pier, Rob is due to finish in London on 1st September where he will be greeted by David Cameron at Number 10 Downing Street.

Sense Urges Government to Promote Life Chances for Disabled in Upcoming Queen’s Speech

Ahead of The Queen’s Speech, national deafblind charity, Sense, is calling on the Government to set out concrete plans to improve life chances and build opportunities for people with disabilities.

Sense, a charity which supports deafblind people and those with complex needs, considers that the Queen’s Speech is  a strong opportunity to deliver on the Government’s ambitious vision to break down barriers and increase opportunities for disabled people across the country.

Key areas of focus should be on ensuring that deafblind people and those with complex needs can access employment, and that disabled children can benefit from vital developmental opportunities through play.

Richard Kramer, Deputy Chief Executive for deafblind charity Sense, said:

It’s a record! Blind Veterans UK announces highest figures for beneficiary recruitment in charity’s 101-year history

A record number of 875 new blind and vision impaired ex-Service men and women in the UK are set to receive support from national military charity Blind Veterans UK, according to new figures released today.

In Blind Veterans UK’s 101-year history, the charity saw more veterans than ever before come forward for its free specialist services and support in the 2015/16 financial year, thanks to the charity’s No One Alone campaign and a number of high profile events throughout the year.