Joshua in bid to raise funds and send pals on Dis­ney trip

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

A group of dis­abled young adults are fundrais­ing for a “once-in-a-life­time” trip to Dis­ney­land.

The group, aged be­tween 18 and 27 years old, all live at Lewis Mar­tin Court, a res­i­den­tial home for adults with dis­abil­i­ties and learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties in Cardiff.

For many of them this will be their first hol­i­day.

Stu­dent Joshua Reeves, 20, is lead­ing the fundrais­ing ef­forts for the group and hopes to see a smile on ev­ery­one’s faces if they get the money to jet off to Dis­ney­land Paris in Novem­ber 2018.

He said: “Most of the res­i­dents that come here have never been away be­fore. So we started fundrais­ing group to raise money to go away for a once-in-a-life­time trip.

“It would be bril­liant to get this hol­i­day. I would love to see the smiles on peo­ple’s faces.

“I’m more the kind of per­son who likes to see ev­ery­body else smile and be happy. Some of them have never been on a plane be­fore.

“It’s a once-in-a-life­time op­por­tu­nity. I hope we get the money and the do­na­tions.”

Joshua, who stud­ies me­dia at Cardiff and Vale col­lege, moved to Lewis Mar­tin Court a year ago.

He has cere­bral palsy and can­not walk but, de­spite this, he wants to be as in­de­pen­dent as pos­si­ble.

He is a keen film­maker and works on cam­paign­ing for dis­abil­ity aware­ness.

In 2016 he ap­peared in a BBC doc­u­men­tary called The Un­break­ables, a TV pro­gramme about stu­dents with com­plex dis­abil­i­ties, where he launched his aware­ness cam­paign called ‘Don’t call me spe­cial.’

He now vis­its schools to talk to chil­dren about dis­abil­ity.

Joshua said: “My con­di­tion af­fects me on a day-to-day ba­sis. I can’t walk, but I can use my arms and I’m used to it be­cause I was born with it.

“I moved to Lewis Mar­tin Court to have a so­cial life and to get to know peo­ple around Cardiff.

“It’s a great place to pro­mote in­de­pen­dence and liv­ing away from home and be­com­ing who you are.”

Around 14 of the res­i­dents hope to go on the trip and they have set a fundrais­ing tar­get of £15,000.

To do­nate, visit www.gofundme.com/ lewis-mar­tin-court

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