A charity has created a series of fake second-class stamps using illustrations of six Paralympians with cerebral palsy to highlight the inequalities experienced by people with the disease.
The stamps were created for a campaign by the charity Adult Cerebral Palsy Hub, which said it wanted the government to eliminate health care imbalances.
Athletes featured on the stamps include boccia player David Smith, who was the ParalympicsGB flag bearer for this year’s Tokyo Games closing ceremony.
Three-time Paralympic champion Mr. Smith said, “I’m an exception in that being an athlete puts me in the privileged position of having regular access to things like physiotherapy.
“Obviously not everyone is a world class athlete, but that’s no reason not to have equitable health care.
“It should be for everyone.”
Adult Cerebral Palsy Hub is calling for the Nice (National Institute for Health and Excellent Care) guidelines published in 2019 to be adopted across the NHS.
“When you see the difference adopting the Nice guidelines will make in helping people with cerebral palsy keep working and walking longer, it’s a false start not to adopt them,” said Mr. Smith.
Emma Livingstone, Adult Cerebral Palsy Hub, said: “Right now, most people with cerebral palsy (CP) are treated like second-class citizens when it comes to healthcare.
“At the age of 18, unlike other lifelong health problems, our joint care falls off a cliff.
“We want the government to create parity of care for the CP by ensuring that the existing Nice guidelines are rolled out across the NHS.
“It’s such a simple request, it can literally be written on the back of a stamp, but it will make a huge difference to both people and the economy – helping all adults with CP live well.” , to work well and to age well.
“You shouldn’t have to be a world class athlete not to be treated like a second class citizen in the health field.”
The Paralympians featured on the fake stamps are sprinter Georgina Hermitage, wheelchair athlete Kare Adenegan, boccia players David Smith and Beth Moulam, swimmer Tully Kearney and wheelchair basketball player Siobhan Fitzpatrick.
The stamps were designed by illustrator Eve Lacey.
The campaign can be supported by following @adultcphub and using #StampOutTheGap