Award winning television presenter and disability rights campaigner, Sophie Morgan, has been announced as Leonard Cheshire’s newest ambassador to coincide with International Women’s Day.
Leonard Cheshire provides community based services for disabled people. They have a care home on Pembury Road in Tunbridge Wells.
Sophie grew up near Crowborough. Sophie was left paralysed from the chest down after a road accident when she was 18 years old. She first came to prominence when she trekked through the Nicaraguan jungle for a month, for the BBC’s Beyond Boundaries, a documentary series following a team of disabled adventurers.
Also joining her as a Leonard Cheshire ambassador is Paralympic runner and long jumper Olivia Breen.
As ambassadors, Olivia and Sophie will be instrumental in helping the international charity reach new audiences and spread awareness about its campaigns and programmes, ultimately supporting individuals to live, learn and work as independently as they choose.
Well-known for leading the Channel 4 2016 Paralympic coverage in Rio, Sophie Morgan’s television career also includes hard-hitting reporting such as the 2015 BBC Three Documentary ‘The World’s Worst Place to Be Disabled’, which depicted the abuse of human rights suffered by disabled people in Ghana.
As a steadfast advocate for accessible education, Sophie has already been supporting Leonard Cheshire with its international work, fronting a month long BBC Radio 4 Appeal for inclusive education in Zambia in January.
I’m thrilled to be a new ambassador and can’t wait to work more closely with Leonard Cheshire, particularly on the great work the charity is doing internationally. This year’s International Women’s Day theme, ‘better the balance, better the world’, is extremely apt, not only in terms of gender equality but for vulnerable groups too. Working towards an inclusive world where everyone has equal opportunities and access to their basic rights, such as education, is really important to me. As such, I look forward to continuing my work on Leonard Cheshire’s international Inclusive Education projects to help bridge these gaps.
For more information about the work of Leonard Cheshire see their website: www.leonardcheshire.org.