Zack’s Campaign has been hugely successful, largely down to his own persistence and determination. You can read all about his work, efforts and media coverage on his petition pages here:
He has appeared in the local press many times, in magazine articles, on BBC North West television, has been interviewed on BBC Radio Lancashire, has given talks and presentations at local sixth form colleges, to the local council and to medical professionals.
He has attracted support from Changing-Places.org, Beaumont College (Scope), Derian House Children’s Hospice, Mobiloo, BBC Radio Lancashire, Hyndburn Borough Council, Honley Male Voice Choir, 2BR Radio, AccessAdvisor, Trip-Ability, not to mention a number of celebrity friends, TV and Radio personalities and countless new online friends, many from the disability and accessibility communities.
Given the success and publicity which his campaign has attracted, Zack has now been invited to London where his local MP, Graham Jones, has arranged a meeting with the Transport Minster, a tour of the Houses of Parliament and the chance to sit in the commons to hear a debate. He will present his petition to Paul Maynard MP the Transport Minister. The trip will attract considerable media coverage, not least from the BBC who are following his story with interest.
We have never sought to raise funds or accept donations during our camapaign efforts and thus far all printing, travelling and publicity materials have been funded ourselves. Indeed, we have refused donations from some well wishers in the past given that the campaign was primarily about raising awareness rather than raising funds. However, a trip to London for Zack, along with his younger brother and us as his carers will not be cheap as we have to stay in central London in an accessible hotel with disabled facilities, and we have to drive there, given the amount of medical equipment which Zack relies on each day. Zack has never been to London before and this is a bit of a dream come true for him, so we want to try and make the trip a memorable and enjoyable one, not just a long journey and with a business meeting. We would love to take him to a London show, take him around the tourist spots, ride on the London Eye etc. It’s the least we can do to show him how proud we are of his efforts and hard work, especially given the day-to-day challenges which he already faces.
Given the speed of organising this trip, we have just 10 days to raise some funds.
Ultimately this visit will help raise awareness of the injustice of this issue for all disabled people. We will receive significant media coverage, both local and national and will have the opportunity to speak face to face with MPs about the challenges which people like Zack continue to face each day.
If you are able to make a contribution to Zack’s expenses, we would be very grateful. Any funds raised which are not required for the London visit will be used to continue to promote the campaign through advertising and publicity materials and travel costs to and from future engagements.
Thanks in advance for your support and generosity.
Krissy (mum), Ceri (stepdad) and Zack
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