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Skegness teenager awarded medal for challenging stigma of hidden disabilities

Tuesday, November 19, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrea Guidi
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By Chrissie Redford

www.skegnessstandard.co.uk, 11/15/19

 

A Skegness teenager has received a prestigious British Citizen Youth Award (BCyA) medal for her work to challenge the stigma attached to hidden disabilities.

 

Evie Toombes, 17, was born with a form of spina bifida and suffers from bowel and bladder problems, intestinal failure and ongoing weakness in her legs.

She has had multiple surgeries, which started when she was 16 months old,

Despite, or perhaps because of, the health challenges she has faced, Evie – who is about to turn 18 – is an accomplished para-rider and campaigner. She has made it her mission to educate on hidden disabilities, and visits schools – alongside acting as a champion online – through her END (Educate not Discriminate) campaign.

Evie talks openly about her struggles to use disabled facilities, and the impact that the reaction and judgement of others can have on the mental health of those with hidden disabilities.

 

Click here to read more on Evie's story.


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