The People's Friend Special
Rosie’s Many Achievements
Rosie is also a regular radio presenter, a venture which started in the 1990s when she volunteered at the Contact Trust. This extremely worthwhile organisation helps those who are unemployed or disabled to gain media experience.
From there, she started to broadcast a weekly programme focusing on disability issues on commercial radio stations.
Her presenting career included a series of four radio programmes called “Rosie’s World” which were broadcast on BBC Radio Wales.
In these programmes Rosie, an entertaining and passionate speaker, examined attitudes towards disability, including topics such as work, relationships and education.
Rosie was a leading campaigner for the creation of Cardiff’s Thalidomide Memorial commemorating
Thalidomide victims, and she made the opening speech when the monument was unveiled in 2016.
She also leads the Thalidomide Memorial Campaign, to mark the lives and achievements of Thalidomide-impaired people in Britain.
Formed in 1957, the MFPA, part of the International Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (www.mfpa.uk), is a community of over 800 artists with disabilities who create artistic designs by holding a brush or pen with their mouths or toes.
These designs are then made into products which are sold through the association. This affords the artists financial independence, whilst giving representation to the disabled community.
The gifts are also a great way to normalise disabilities amongst kids.