There’s a campaign doing the rounds online at the moment that is not backed by a charity organisation but rather by a single individual and her family. What makes this campaign one particularly worth sharing is both the courage this person displays at pushing forward her battle despite red tape and bureaucratic opposition, and the cause itself that is close at heart to many wheelchair users.
In a few words, Beth – the person who started this effort – is looking forward to attending the Paralympics with her husband and two children, only to discover that just one person can accompany her to her seat at the Velodrome, and that therefore part of her family would have to sit elsewhere.
This is the letter Beth wrote to ask for support:
The Olympic Games in London were fantastic and a real opportunity for the celebration of diversity of all who took part or witnessed the events. The Games brought people together in ways that few things in a big city like London can. They instilled in people a sense of excitement and they encouraged people to smile and talk to strangers where they otherwise wouldn’t have. Essentially they helped bring down barriers that usually separate people who live in close proximity to one another but who rarely interact directly.
The way Beth’s situation is being treated risks undermining all of the great spirit of humanity the Games brought to London. The authorities need to listen to individual people’s concerns and respond to them appropriately. It is obvious to most people that families should sit together and enjoy the spectacle as one. I trust that whoever is in charge will understand this, sort out this ironical situation and that Beth and her family can enjoy the Games together.
In the meantime, please sign Beth’s petition to help her cause receive the attention it deserves.