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Norfolk Disability Pride promotes 'can-do' motto of Simon Kindleysides

Simon Kindleysides
Image caption Simon Kindleysides was left paralysed by an inoperable brain tumour

A "celebration of disability" which aimed to promote the positivity of a paralysed man has been held in Norwich.

Disability Pride was held at the Forum on Sunday and featured information stands, performers, live music and activities.

It was opened by Simon Kindleysides, who in April became the first person to complete the London Marathon in an exoskeleton suit.

"If you believe in yourself you can do anything," he said.

The 34-year-old father of three, from Blofield, near Norwich, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in 2013, which left him paralysed from the waist down.

He also gave a talk at the event about how his "can-do" attitude led him to the marathon and beyond.

'Inspire others'

Organisers Equal Lives said his story showed that with hard work and determination, disabled people could overcome the barriers put in their way.

Image caption The event was held inside and outside the Forum

"I want to be a role model to my children and inspire other disabled people," he added.

"We get one life so we have to make the most of it.

"I have a bucket list with things I want to do, and I will achieve everything."

The event was the second Disability Pride since the first was held at the Forum in 2010.

Equal Lives said Sunday's event was much bigger and included have-a-go sessions of circus skills, music and sport and live performances of dance and poetry.

Talks included subjects such as studying with a disability, practical parenting skills, mindfulness and recovery from mental health problems.

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