Beautiful Blackpool Illuminations

On November 11th, 2023, I went on a day trip with the Churches Together in Ilkley 2000 Group to Blackpool Illuminations. There were three charities dedicated to disabilities that were booked to travel there in the month of November, including Holibreaks, which means it is high in demand.

It all started at 11:45am. We travelled together on the Ilkley Community Transport bus. Our journey started at the Ashland’s Primary School in Ilkley. We drove on the coach from Ilkley to Fleetwood for lunch. We ate fish and chips at Fleetwood. We aimed to get to Blackpool by 5pm to go through the Illumination lights and returned to Ilkley at around 9pm to go home. I look forward to our next Sausage Sizzle to commemorate the moment.

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About Daniella-Jade Lowe

Hello, My name is Daniella Jade Lowe. I am a PURSUN researcher and I am working on marketing myself as an Accessibility Consultant. Journalism and Politics are my passion. I have a BA degree in History and Politics. What type of disability do you have? At birth, I was diagnosed with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus which are neurological conditions. As a result, I use a wheelchair for mobility. What is disability to you? The only disability is a bad attitude. I have a disability. It doesn’t completely define me; it just enhances me in a way which differentiates and strengthens me. My disability should be viewed as an ability: to see the world in a different way. I don’t really like the term because sometimes it indirectly implies someone is dysfunctional or helpless. The most important thing is to never make assumptions. Someone with a disability can be very, physically, fit and strong, highly intelligent and articulate. What has been your experience from the time you remember till now? - positive and negative experiences. My life as a wheelchair user has been generally okay. Wheelchair Accessibility is frustrating. I was teased a little in school. Other than that, life is great. How do you cope with: -daily activities - your disability, do you have times when you are down - people's reactions towards you. I have carers, a Social worker, District Nurses, a GP, and extended family in this country. I am also in contact with a local disability charity in Yorkshire. I also have a friendly landlord. How do you keep yourself motivated? I must stay organised and practice good time management. I also prioritise my plans. What is your word or advice - to those with disabilities? - to the society Don’t let people put you in a box. You have a voice, use it. 10. Tell us about your platforms if you have any- Blog: The View from Where I Sit Facebook: Daniella Jade Lowe Instagram: @daniellajadelowe/@theviewfromwheresitblog Thank you!