Travelled to Birmingham NEC and back, by car, yesterday (5 hours of driving each way!) to attend Naidex, the major UK (if not European) exhibition of equipment for disabled people.
It was jammed full of manufacturers, and distributors, all wanting to show off their products, many on really-21st century display areas.
Catalogues, leaflets, visiting cards, bowls of sweets, pens, keyrings, dolly-birds, and earnest representatives adorned the stands…….
But what has stood out most in my memory is none of these, but the bravery of many of the thousands of people physically handicapped, but still with the strength and courage to come with their wheelchairs, crutches and other walking aids….but mostly their pride. One had a sticky label on the back of his wheelchair, for all to see, and which said ‘ ……’OK so I am disabled, Get over it!’
It puts one’s petty sniffles or creaking bones into some perspective…..doesn’t it!
……………………..I take my hat off to you folks!