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Celebs design tutus raising awareness of loneliness in disabled community

Flamingo chicks founder  Katie Sparkes wearing a tutu

A number of famous faces, including Angela Rippon, Gladiator Fury and Lorraine Kelly have come together designing a tutu to raise awareness around loneliness in the disabled community.

Figures from a poll carried out by Flamingo Chicks highlights the isolation which can come with being disabled.

To celebrate its 10th anniversary the charity surveyed a number of disabled children, 45 percent admitted they felt lonely on a regular basis, whilst 15 percent revealed they experience loneliness every day.

Just 9 percent said they rarely feel lonely, 90 percent believe they need more support forming friendships within the disabled community.

Flamingo Chicks founder and CEO Katie Sparkes MBE said: "Loneliness should have no place in the lives of our disabled children. The shocking statistics reveal an urgent need for change. At Flamingo Chicks, we are dedicated to transforming these numbers."

Terry Mullins has seen how loneliness can affect his son Jack, who lives with Down’s Syndrome.

The dad said: “The opportunities for disabled children and young people to mix with their peers has always been so limited. Sadly this often results in young adults and older adults having a restricted life. Anything that offers an inclusive opportunity is to be applauded."

Flamingo Chicks ‘It Takes to Tutu’ initiative is asking celebrities to design two tutus, one for adults - another for children, which are being made into real garments.

Among the famous faces taking part are the likes of  Lorraine Kelly, Evie Pickerill and Andy Day from Cbeebies, Gladiator Fury [aka Jodie Ounsley], Angela Rippon, Amy Dowden, Briony May Williams, Michael Gunning, Lost Voice Guy, Carrie & David Grant, Jayne Middlemiss, Gail Porter, Olive Grey and Marcus Ramtohul.

[ For more information, visit the Flamingo Chicks crowdfunder page. ]

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