Victoria House, service user Simon Pooley, has fulfilled his dream of appearing live on the radio. Simon, who has Cerebral Palsy, was interviewed live on BBC Humberside by radio presenter David Burns and told listeners how he doesn’t let his disability hold him back. Simon discussed his aspirations to become a Radio DJ and even plugged his Sound Cloud webpage to listeners.
Simon was on air from 11.10am on Wednesday 11thMarch where he highlighted The Disabilities Trust ConnectAbility Appeal – a national £250k fundraising appeal for assistive communications technology for service users. Simon said:
I had such an amazing time with Burnsy, it was great to be live on the radio. I am a fan of trance music and have followed it since I was 16. I got finally round to mixing it for the first time in December 2013 and now I practice nearly everyday. The important thing for me is to show that people with disabilities can achieve their goals and should not let the fact that they are in a wheel chair stop them from fulfilling their dreams.
After his appearance, Simon enjoyed a tour of the studio with Victoria House Activities Co-ordinator, Angela Hardie. He also received an autograph from David Burns and an invite back to discuss the ConnectAbility Appeal.
Angela said of the experience: “BBC Radio Humberside were absolutely fantastic and were so accommodating of Simon, we cannot thank them enough.”
Victoria House supports people with a range of disabilities including cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida and arthritis, multiple sclerosis and disabilities resulting from accidents or a stroke. As well as providing physical care, it is committed to ensuring that people have control over their lives and are treated with dignity and respect at all times.