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Up to the Dashwood Mausoleum

Clare Balding walks to the extraordinary Dashwood Mausoleum near High Wycombe with Julia and Lee Clements and their profoundly disabled daughter, Cerys.

Clare Balding walks to the extraordinary Dashwood Mausoleum, near High Wycombe, with Julia and Lee Clements and their daughter, Cerys. Cerys is nearly six years old and has cerebral palsy, so joins the walk in her off-road buggy. Together Julia and Lee discuss how they have adapted to life with a profoundly disabled child; Julia says she has become a 'fighter', especially for the right to give her daughter blended 'real' food, through the tube in her stomach, and not just formula milk which is the accepted norm. Lee says he once defined himself by his achievements at work, or in running marathons, or going for very long walks whereas, now, he values even the shortest of outings with Cerys - navigating kissing-gates, or pushing her weighty buggy uphill is a joy and a challenge in itself.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

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25 minutes

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Role Contributor
Presenter Clare Balding
Interviewed Guest Julia Clements
Interviewed Guest Lee Clements
Producer Karen Gregor

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