Wirral disability awareness campaign success

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Wirral Older People’s Parliament and Momentary Art Project (MAP) are working together on a joint Disability Awareness Campaign for the Wirral.

They have chosen Captain Hook as the campaign mascot and as part of the campaign the group has also installed coloured benches, made from recycled materials, along the seafront. The benches are dedicated to two Wirral hospices as a thank you for the work they do, and the benches have ‘happy to chat’ plaques to encourage friendly chat to combat social isolation.

Carl Leckey, Wirral Older People’s Parliament, said: “We are using Captain Hook in a wheelchair as he is obviously disabled. I tow him behind my mobility scooter within range visiting shopping areas, schools, and public spaces.

“If any other groups would like us to visit their area we would be glad to come but they would have to arrange transportation for the Captain. We hosted children from Chernobyl on their annual visit last week with the Black Pearl Pirates and the kids loved it. Captain Hook has been photographed hundreds of times. I hope the message gets through especially to the kids.”

The campaign has been incredibly successful so far. The 200th coloured bench has recently been installed and they have received press coverage from BBC Merseyside and the Liverpool Echo.

Carl said: “The response from the public has been terrific. The bench is really appreciated and has become a focal point for the lonely. We adopted the idea from Burnham on Sea where the police had installed a plaque on a seaside bench, so many thanks to them for a brilliant project!”

To find out more please contact Carl Leckey by email at carl.leckey@gmail.com.

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