Asa’s spe­cial char­ity will line up thrills for dis­abled peo­ple

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A YOUNG woman with cere­bral palsy who fea­tured in the Lon­don Par­a­lympics open­ing cer­e­mony has set up a char­ity that aims to give young peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties thrilling ex­pe­ri­ences,

Asa Mar­shal, 25, of Tem­ple­wood Lane, Farn­ham Com­mon, set up ASA – Dis­abil­ity That Knows No Lim­its to of­fer young dis­abled adults days out with a dif­fer­ence.

Asa, who per­formed in the Par­a­lympic open­ing cer­e­mony in 2012, was born with cere­bral palsy and is aware of how de­bil­i­tat­ing liv­ing with a dis­abil­ity can be.

“When I was younger I was bul­lied due to my dis­abil­ity and it re­ally got me down,” she said. “Out on the streets, peo­ple would stare at me.

“When speak­ing with some­one, they would di­rect all their com­ments to the person I was with, rather than me.”

An out­go­ing and so­cial person, Miss Mar­shal says she lost con­fi­dence and admits to iso­lat­ing her­self for a num­ber of years.

With the help of friends, fam­ily and char­ity Miss Mar­shal felt able to come out of her shell and since then has sought help for oth­ers do the same.

“When I was 12, I won a Whizz Kidz com­pe­ti­tion that gave me a grant to start up my own char­ity,” she said.

“I or­gan­ised lo­cal events like a Valen­tine’s disco and va­ri­ety show which, was at­tended by celebri­ties such as Jay Sean and EastEn­ders ac­tor Dean Gaffney.

“The suc­cess of the events gave me con­fi­dence, made me feel more loved and ac­cepted,” she added.

Forced to stop due to higher ed­u­ca­tion, Miss Mar­shal hopes to now reestab­lish the char­ity with fund­ing from the Big Lot­tery Fund.

The char­ity, which launches in Oc­to­ber, will be open to any­one with a phys­i­cal dis­abil­ity aged 18 to 30, with a mem­ber­ship fee of £10.

Miss Mar­shal hopes to or­gan­ise day trips to places such as the Lon­don IMax cin­ema, tours of Pinewood Stu­dios and out­ings to zoos and aquar­i­ums.

A thrill-seeker her­self, Miss Mar­shal also has plans to or­gan­ise events like bungee jump­ing, sky­div­ing and river raft­ing.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.face­ pages/ASADis­abil­i­tyThatKnowsNOLim­its or email a.s.adtknl@hot­mail. com.

Photo by Kent Gavin

BROL­LEY FLY­ERS: A scene from the open­ing cer­e­mony of the Lon­don Par­a­lympics

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