A CELEBRATION of disability inclusion will be held in Windsor next month.
BBC Sport presenter and award-winning Paralympic podcast host Andy Stevenson is encouraging people of all abilities to sign up for the Parallel Windsor celebration on Sunday, June 26.
Andy, who lives locally, was born without hands and uses an artificial leg.
He’s reported on the Paralympics since 2012 and will be hosting the event at Windsor Great Park on June 26.
Andy said: “Growing up without a full complement of limbs, I was incredibly fortunate to have parents who encouraged me to always have a go at things and to believe that, with the right support, the right attitude and the help of the right equipment and technology, nothing should be dismissed as impossible.
“Parallel’s ethos of inclusion and integration seem to echo what my parents told me all those years ago and that’s why I fully support the organisation’s brilliant aims.
“I can’t wait for the Parallel event to be held on my doorstep in Windsor, in a beautiful location.”
Andy is encouraging people to sign up for the day no matter what their ability.
Challenges include a 10k, 5k, 1k and 100m, while Parallel’s Super Sensory 1k supports people with neurodiverse conditions and complex needs to engage their senses.
All participants are encouraged to raise funds for their chosen charities.
A free family festival on the day will showcase music performances from singer James Holt, The Adult Autistic Choir and Bader’s Big Band.
The event was held virtually last year due to the pandemic and this is Parallel’s first visit to Windsor.
Event founder and Parallel’s CRO Andrew Douglas said: “We’re passionate about the power of live events and shared experience to change attitudes.”
He said Parallel Windsor is not about disability but inclusivity.
“Our aim is to shine a brilliant light on inclusivity and showcase the benefits of diversity across all aspects which touch our society,” he added.
“We want to encourage people of all ages and abilities to challenge themselves and get active on what is always a magical and joyful day.
“After a virtual event last year we are delighted to finally be physically present in The Windsor Great Park.”