Asa’s special charity will line up thrills for disabled people
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.facebook.com/ pages/ASADisabilityThatKnowsNOLimits or email a.s.adtknl@hotmail. com.
BROLLEY FLYERS: A scene from the opening ceremony of the London Paralympics