Jamie Lambert from award winning “classical boy band” unveiled as a new patron for the Dyspraxia Foundation
The Dyspraxia Foundation – the only national charity in the UK dedicated to raising awareness of dyspraxia and championing the needs of people living with the condition – is hitting the high notes this week with the news that it has recruited its first ever celebrity ambassador!
26 year old Jamie Lambert (originally from Tyne and Wear) is a founding member and “one fifth’ of the acclaimed all male singing group, Collabro, who shot to fame last year after winning ITV’s prime time talent show, ‘Britain’s Got Talent.”
Jamie, who along with his fellow band members stole the hearts of the nation with their winning rendition of, ‘Stars’ from Les Miserables, invited the team at Dyspraxia Foundation to announce his new role to all delegates at the charity’s recent summer conference.
As an ambassador for the charity, he will be helping to “spread the word” about the work it does and the support and resources available for young people living with the condition.
Jamie comments; “14 years ago I was diagnosed with the learning difficulty, dyspraxia. It hasn’t been an easy road and to celebrate, my beautiful Mum (and blogger!) has written a piece about how it was to have a son with dyspraxia. I really would love you all to read it and share the wonderful story that has been my childhood and life so far, as there needs to be much more awareness of dyspraxia.”
Once cruelly and incorrectly referred to as ‘clumsy child’ syndrome, dyspraxia, otherwise known as Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) and is a common condition affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination, in both children and adults.
In addition to poor motor coordination, many individuals may also experience difficulties with memory, perception and processing along with poor planning, organisation and sequencing skills which can have a significant negative impact on everyday activities. Dyspraxia can also affect articulation and speech, perception and thought.
Dyspraxia affects around 5% of the population (2%, severely) and males are up to three times more likely to be affected than females. Dyspraxia sometimes runs in families – and there are believed to be one to two children affected in every class of 30 children
The Dyspraxia Foundation has built up a huge social media and online community, with over 25,000 followers on twitter and Facebook – a vital communications platform for it’s largely parents, carers and young adult-focused audience. Since Jamie’s announcement, social media has been “buzzing” with the news of his pledge to raise awareness of dyspraxia, as well as a hugely positive response to his mum’s inspiring blog.
Actor, Daniel Radcliffe helped to raise the profile of dyspraxia when he publically talked about his diagnosis back in 2008 – and just last month, model Cara Delvingne discussed her struggles with dyspraxia in a series of high profile media interviews.
Other well-known supporters of the Dyspraxia Foundation include recently re-elected MP for South Shields, Emma Lewell-Buck who has become a proactive and well-respected spokeswoman for the charity, celebrating the achievements of other young people who have been diagnosed with dyspraxia and proving that the condition shouldn’t stop anyone from fulfilling their dreams.
General Manager of the Dyspraxia Foundation, Eleanor Howes, adds; “We were all absolutely delighted when we found out that Jamie wanted to become officially involved with us and agreed to be appointed as our first ‘celebrity patron.’ We know he will be a really inspiring role model for our supporters – the majority of whom will either have a diagnosis of dyspraxia themselves or will be the parent, friend, teacher or carer of someone living with the condition.
“Jamie is an amazing example of how dyspraxia must never get in the way of achieving your potential and we’re confident that his story will really help improve the understanding of dyspraxia among an even wider audience. Welcome to the team, Jamie!”
The Dyspraxia Foundation’s annual awareness week takes place this year from October 11th to 17th and it is hoped that Jamie will be able to play an active role in promoting the charity’s mission of raising the profile of dyspraxia, in addition to highlighting the help and support that is now available.
Families, parents, teachers and healthcare professionals – as well as young adults affected by dyspraxia – are very welcome to call the Helpline Service on 01462 454986 which is manned by volunteers from 9am- 5pm, Monday – Friday.
A new, specialist Youth Officer is on hand to speak to young people seeking advice on a range of issues such as school, friendships and the transition to university, further education and the workplace.
Help, advice and downloadable resources are available 24/7 fromwww.dyspraxiafoundation.org. Any other queries can be dealt with by calling the charity’s administration line on 01462 455016 or by email@example.com to order books or to sign up for membership.
Lorraine Lambert’s blog can be found at https://yorkie007.wordpress.com
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