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Ignorant abuse mars great event

Posted on January 22 2007 at 10:51:10

My family and I would like to thank everyone who gave their time and money to make the Tainted Blood fundraising event a great success.

Alvechurch has shown that it can overcome stigma and pull together to help improve people’s lives (see The Village, November 2007).

Unfortunately, one villager showed their true ignorance and marred the event for the organisers on the day.

On the morning of the event, I went with my brother Andrew to hand out flyers to promote the charity sale. We parked in the disabled space next to the Village Hall, clearly displaying the Blue Badge, and spent a few minutes distributing leaflets.

We returned to the car to find an abusive note on the windscreen. The language is too offensive to repeat, but the message was that disabled parking spaces are for people who really need them, and the author had concluded that Andrew is not one of these people.

They punctuated their point with several swear words.

This sort of thing, to my brother, is like water off a duck’s back. But I do not tolerate this behaviour. Many people suffer from disabilities that mean their energy levels are low
and they cannot walk far.

To a casual observer, it may appear that they are in good health. But these people deserve the Blue Badge as much as anyone else does, and shouldn’t have to justify themselves to random accusers.

By leaving this note, the individual seems to think they deserve at once the powers of the licensing authority and a diagnostician. I am saddened and angered that someone would act so recklessly, in a most offensive and abusive manner.

If I had caught sight of this person, I would not have hesitated to report this to the police.

I hope they bear this in mind the next time their ill-informed notions overtake their social conscience.

Kate Evans, Alvechurch

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