Week 15: The Tale of Laughing Boy #107days

So we’re here again, the end of #107days for the second time. It is hard to believe it’s now two years since LB died. There really aren’t any words. Today we’re pleased to be able to share The Tale of Laughing Boy with you.

Produced by the brilliant My Life My Choice and Oxford Digital Media, with funding from Oxford City Council, grab a cuppa and sit back to watch.

Thanks to each and every one of you who have supported #JusticeforLB these past two years and both #107days campaigns. As Sara says of the campaign in the film:

‘These people haven’t met Connor, they don’t know Connor and yet they recognise the injustice of what’s happened, they recognise what a quirky and colourful individual he was and they’re acting, and they’re prepared to say this is wrong and join in. I think that’s absolutely amazing, it’s been so heart warming and so reassuring that so many people have stepped up and done all these different things and got in touch, and are really moved by it all. They just get it, I think that’s great, that has meant the world to us’.

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As for Sara’s hopes for the future:

‘My beyond wildest dreams would be that… we didn’t even have to talk about learning disabled people, because there wouldn’t need to be that division, because everybody would have a right to live where they choose, everybody has an imagined future, and the distinction between being learning disabled and being non-learning disabled would become sort of irrelevant, because it isn’t an issue’.

Final word goes to Rich:

‘In many respects the world would be a lot better place if we all behaved more like Connor and less like not-Connors; his sort of approach to life was so straight forward and simple… uncomplicated… you just sort of think I wish I could be more like that, I wish we could all be more like that… we should all be more like Connor and people like Connor and the world would be a much better place, and it would be a much more inclusive place, and actually we might all enjoy it a bit more.

Imagine, just imagine for a moment…. and ACT!

Day 52: Afternoon tea #107days

Day 52 was adopted by Pippa Murray from ibk initiatives in Sheffield. Here’s why Pippa decided to get involved:

We wanted to do something for Justice for LB because my own teenage son Kim, another beautiful cool dude, died as the result of severe, intractable epilepsy. His death could not have been avoided and I feel privileged to have had the experience of supporting him to die with dignity. I felt outraged when I heard of the tragic circumstances of LB’s death.

Disabled children and young people have so much to give to the world and yet we live in a world that, for the most part, fails to recognise their worth. ibk (which stands for ‘inspired by Kim’) is an organisation set up to raise the voices, aspirations and quality of life of disabled children, young people & their families. We get to hear of many terrible stories but this is one of the worst. We want to be part of a movement to stand up against such discrimination and ignorant thinking. We are touched by LB’s death and moved by the courage and compassion of his family to lead this campaign. Thank you for letting us be part of LB’s legacy.

We are delighted that Pippa and ibk are supporting #107days and #JusticeforLB. If you are near Sheffield today and have time they’ve guaranteed a warm welcome.

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This is what you could be involved with:

Our tea is for disabled children, young people, family, friends & Personal Assistants. For this special occasion, we are raising awareness about Justice for LB; and having a mosaic artist come to help us put together an art piece which everyone can take part in. We are including the letters LB in the piece to remind us of LB’s life, untimely death and to keep us focussed on our aim of citizenship for all. (We will send you a photo of the completed piece). Our teas are lively, chaotic events attended by families and their friends.

We have over 80 people booked to come on Saturday, but there is room for more. The tea and mosaic making takes place at St Mary’s Church Community Centre, Bramall Lane, Sheffield, S2 4QZ. We start mosaic making at 4pm; tea will be served at about 5.15 and we go on chatting and mosaic making till 7pm.

As we all continue to try and piece together some sense from the senseless loss of LB, a mosaic and the chance to meet and share with others, seems like a very symbolic and fitting act. We hope that everyone attending has a great time and we can’t wait to see the end result.