Paralympians feature on mock ‘second-class’ stamps to highlight inequality

A charity created a series of bogus second-class stamps with illustrations of six Paralympians with cerebral palsy to highlight the inequality of people with the condition.

The stamps were created for a campaign by the Adult Cerebral Palsy Hub charity that said the government should address health imbalances.

One of the athletes featured on the stamps is bocce player David Smith, who was the flag bearer of the ParalympicsGB at the closing ceremony of this year’s Games in Tokyo.

Three-time Paralympic Champion Smith said, “I am an exception because, as an athlete, I am fortunate enough to have regular access to things like physical therapy.

“Of course, not everyone is a world-class athlete, but that is no reason to forego fair health care.

“It should be for everyone.”

Adult Cerebral Palsy Hub is asking for Nice (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidelines published in 2019 to be adopted across the NHS.

“When you see the difference adopting the Nice Guidelines will make to helping people with cerebral palsy work and walk longer, it is a wrong start not to adopt,” said Mr Smith.

Emma Livingstone of the Adult Cerebral Palsy Hub said, “Right now, most people with cerebral palsy (CP) are treated like second-class citizens in the healthcare sector.

“At 18, unlike other lifelong health problems, our connected care falls off a cliff.

“We want the government to create care parity for CP by ensuring that the existing Nice guidelines are implemented across the NHS.

“It’s such a simple question that can literally be written on the back of a postage stamp, but it’s going to make a huge difference to both people and the economy – helping all adults with CP live well, work well and age well.

“You shouldn’t be a world-class athlete in order not to be treated like a second-class citizen in the healthcare sector.”

The Paralympians on the tokens are sprinter Georgina Hermitage, wheelchair athlete Kare Adenegan, boccia players David Smith and Beth Moulam, swimmer Tully Kearney and wheelchair basketball player Siobhan Fitzpatrick.

The stamps were designed by illustrator Eve Lacey.

The campaign can be supported by following @adultcphub and using #StampOutTheGap

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