MK blogger and campaigner vows to continue the fight for an equal world after her shock at making the 2019 Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 list.
Milton Keynes blogger and disability campaigner Kerry Thompson admits she is still pinching herself after being named alongside some illustrious company in a list of the top 100 most influential disabled people in the UK.
She was named alongside the likes of Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson – the Paralympic champion who has broken 30 world records – on the Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 list for 2019.
Kerry is a lifestyle and disability blogger living with Muscular Dystrophy, who uses her blog named ‘My Life, Kerry’s Way’ to promote awareness of the condition and a more accessible society.
She is a leading campaigner for the Changing Places campaign to increase the number of accessible toilet facilities available around the country.
Through her determined efforts she has secured 35 Changing Places facilities at Tesco stores across the country. And she was honoured for her fine work with her inclusion on the prestigious list from charity Shaw Trust, which was announced at the House of Lords in October.
Kerry said: “I can’t tell you how surreal this is and how many times I’ve pinched myself to be on the list alongside so many truly incredible disabled people such as Lee Ridley, Lucy Watts, Holly Tuke, Anna Hegerty, Sam Renake, CarrieAnn Lightley and many other disabled campaigners, actors, Paralympians and more.
“To be classed as one of the UK’s most influential disabled people is something I can’t quite get my head around – all I’ve ever wanted is to help others, to help the future me’s know that whatever disability you have, you can achieve whatever you want.
“I hope to use my place on the Shaw Trust Power 100 list positively, continuing to keep fighting for a world where disabled people and their families feel included.
“My dream is an equal world for all.”
Kerry, who lives with her husband Nicky and their two cats in Milton Keynes, also appeared in Muscular Dystrophy UK’s campaign video with the Department of Transport about the need for more accessible toilet facilities along the country’s motorways.
She is AccessAble’s Champion for Milton Keynes and had been honoured already this year for her tremendous work by picking up a gong at the BBC Three Counties People Awards.
Visit Kerry’s website at http://www.kerry-thompson.com or follow her on Twitter @kerrymthompson