Both KIDS and Irwin Mitchell work on a daily basis with families whose lives are affected by disability. The aim of the writing competition was to encourage both disabled and non-disabled children and adults to share their personal experiences by telling stories.
The winning entries, along with a selection of the shortlisted pieces that just missed out, have been brought to life in a wonderful book which can be purchased through the KIDS website by clicking here.
Over 80 entries were received and four winners were chosen by a panel of judges including medical experts, a TV scriptwriter and representatives from KIDS and Irwin Mitchell.
Caroline Stevens, Chief Executive at KIDS, said: “We have been amazed by the level of entries received from people all across the UK wanting to share their stories and experiences with us. Disability touches the lives of so many people and it has been fantastic to read so many positive personal accounts.
“Our aim was to encourage both disabled and non-disabled children and adults to share their personal experiences of disability, or of living with or caring for a disabled person to highlight the support and services on offer across the country.
“Through the work we do with families all across the country, we see first-hand the challenges they face and our work supports disabled children and young people to gain independence, social skills and self-confidence. All disabled children and young people have the right to fulfill their ambitions and we are committed to helping them to achieve this.”
Stuart Henderson, Managing Partner of Personal Injury law at Irwin Mitchell, said: “My fellow judges and I were overwhelmed by the stories and poems entered by some truly inspirational people. The entries were beautifully written and gave an astonishing insight to their experiences with either living with a disability or caring for a loved one who is disabled.
“The competition has been an eye-opening experience with so many honest, emotive and insightful stories from people highlighting the struggles that people with disability face on a day-to-day basis.
“Having a disability should not stop people from having ambitions and aspirations, whether you are managing a condition you are born with or your disability is something that has developed because of an injury or illness or through an accident. We wanted this competition to highlight the support and services that are available for families.”
An event to celebrate the winners of the Turning the Page competition will be held at the Southbank in London this weekend led by KIDS and Irwin Mitchell.
Limited edition illustrations by children’s author Louise Marshall which are featured in the book are also available to purchase. There are four different illustrations which can be purchased individually or collectively. All proceeds from the book and illustration sales will be donated straight to KIDS. Irwin Mitchell will kindly post all books and illustrations on behalf of KIDS free of charge and you should receive your delivery within 7-10 working days.