Monthly Archives: May 2014

Emma Suddaby Funeral

Emma’s Funeral will take place on Tuesday 3rd June.


After a Private Committal at Emstrey Crematorium, there will be a Service of Thanksgiving for her life at 2 pm details below.


St Mary’s Church,

High Street

Llanfair Caereinion



Family flowers only but donations in memory of Emma are for Flying Scholarship for Disabled People or The Welsh Air Ambulance. 

Emma Suddaby

It is with much sadness that Shropshire Disability Network has to inform You,  our much loved Patron Emma Suddaby finally lost her hard fought battle with Rheumatoid Arthritis. She died peacefully at her home on 17th May 2014 


Emma’s regular column in the Shropshire Star won her many admirers as She shared her views on a host of current issues including topical items like windfarms, the plight of the NHS, smartphones, as well as difficulties experienced by those living in rural areas. When opportunities arose, She would mention SDN not only in her column but at every given opportunity. The Shropshire Star published a very moving tribute to Emma last weekend. 

Many of you will remember how delighted we were in early 2010, as Emma accepted our invitation to be our Patron. We felt it was important that it was a local person, who would get to know us, as well as someone who could relate to “living with a disability” and who would promote what SDN is all about. Emma did this admirably. 

In paying our own tribute to Emma, which you will be able to read in full in the June edition of “Your Voice” Sonia Roberts our Chairperson said

“We are all deeply sadden by Emma’s death, she was a great role model and never let  this awful disease define her…..” Sonia Roberts. 

Our thoughts are with Emma’s family and we sends our condolences to all Emma’s family at this very sad time.

Emma’s Funeral will take place on Tuesday 3rd June. Click here for details.

MS Cake Break

Start Date:
31st May 2014

End Date:
31st May 2014

Start Time:

End Time:

Event title: MS Cake Break
Venue: 4 Wilderhope, pountney Gardens, Shrewsbury SY3 7LG
Name: Pam Newall
Telephone: 07854445280
Event description: The MS Society is asking for people to support fundraising for MS research by holding Cake break events where you donate money for MS and eat some homemade cake.

Would like you to join us, if you can. See you Saturday

Welcome to Shropshire Foot care – Our Latest Supporter

Getting your name in front of our membership to bring them relevant benefits couldn’t be easier as Shropshire Foot Care found out when they spoke to Ruby Hartshorn. Shropshire Footcare offer a range of services which will be ideal for both people with disabilities and their carers plus the service can be delivered in their own homes if they have difficulty getting out to appointments for whatever reason.

footcare web page

 Check out their advert at the bottom of our page just below Latest News and click the ad to visit their web page.

Interested in becoming a supporter of Shropshire Disability Network? Go to ‎  and see what we can offer.





Making Hearts Beat Faster – Guest Blog from Helen Freedman

“Over the last half century we have stopped moving, in our towns, workplaces, schools and cities – and how we get between them. This slow-down in activity has serious consequences to our health and economy; physical inactivity leads to 37,000 deaths per year in the UK more than from murder, suicide and accidents combined.” [1]
The latest document from the All Party Commission “Tackling Physical Inactivity – A Co-ordinated Approach” explores a long-term vision for the integration of physical activity into everybody’s everyday lives. Yet the stark reality is that disabled people are still half as likely to be active as non-disabled people and a recent report identifies that the majority of current sport and physical activity initiatives, aimed at disabled people, are failing to engage audiences effectively. helen

Energize, the County Sports Partnership shares a belief that opening up people’s horizons to the joy of sporting activity enables each and every person to find something that makes their heart beat faster. Therefore our challenge is to work with our local partners to make these opportunities available so that everybody can find something that appeals to them.  However a recent report by the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) suggests that the reason for low participation is often because the opportunities and their promotion tend to focus on the audience’s disability or impairment and miss the emotional connection required to attract disabled people. So perhaps we need to start approaching things differently…….

Over the next couple of months I aim to give you a taster of sporting events and opportunities that are taking place in the county, but I also want to hear your ideas and I will try and answer any questions related to sport and physical activity.  

Earlier this year I attended the SDN meeting when Captain Nick Beighton, Ben Rowlings and Tony Lawrence spoke.  I felt incredibly inspired by all of the presentations and Energize are exciting that Nick has helped us out in inspiring young people through the School Games programme and Ben has previously won an Energize award in our Annual Awards ceremony.  However it was Tony, a qualified tai chi instructor who introduced himself as physically ‘at the other end of the spectrum’ that opened my eyes somewhat.  As the County Sports our vision is ‘to enable sport and physical activity to be a part of everybody’s everyday life’ and this needs to be across the whole spectrum.

Community Games[2] is just one example of an activity that focuses on involvement and enjoyment and links with that emotional connection I mentioned previously.  A recent community games event delivered to SEN children focusing on the principles of rugby such as teamwork, respect, discipline and sportsmanship in an enjoyable setting. This was a fantastic event enjoyed by all and demonstrated the role that sport can play in young people’s lives. 

I’ve also learned about an event that is planned in the Quarry to run alongside parkrun.  Grace Hough wrote about Shrewsbury parkrun in a previous ‘Your voice’. It’s been running (excuse the pun) in the Quarry for just over 6 months.  As someone mention last week “I don’t think you would get 300 people in the gym all at 9am on a Saturday morning”.  While parkrun is a fully inclusive event attracting a wide range of participants the Young Health Champions have identified the need to design a shorter course for people who want to do just 3k.  This event will capitalise on the buzz generated by park run, with participants starting at the same time and completing the DART (Disability Accessible Run Time). Hopefully the first event will take place on 19th July – watch this space!

To find out more information  about any of the items included in the article please email

[1]                      All Party Commission on Tackling Physical Inactivity

[2]                      More information on organising a Community Games in Shropshire, Telford or Wrekin can be found on the Energize website. Click here to find out about organising a Community Games


A Good Day to Tri Hard

Start Date:
14th June 2014

End Date:
14th June 2014

Start Time:
12 noon

End Time:
5 pm

Event title: A Good Day to Tri Hard 
Venue: PRH at Telford & RSH Shrewsbury
Name: Nick Holding
Telephone: N/A
Event description: This event to raise funds for the Lingen Davies Appeal, features a choice of an 18-mile run or walk or a 35-mile cycle ride, with each beginning at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford and ending at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

The run will follow the same route as last year’s “From Here to Maternity” event taking in a number of villages between the hospitals, just in reverse, and the 35-mile cycle ride will be a scenic tour, taking in The Wrekin, Ironbridge, Atcham, Upton Magna, then alongside the River Severn and through The Quarry.

Another special addition to the day this year will be the Lingen Davies Garden Party, which will be held in the grounds of the Shropshire Conference Centre at RSH. Starting at 12pm, this will be an opportunity for those who are not able to take part in the events to support the day, and also to welcome the weary travellers home.

To register for this event, please contact Nick Holding by email or go to which gives details on how to register, help in any way, or to find out more information.

Funday 2014 at Harry Tuffins Churchstoke

Start Date:
3rd August 2014

End Date:
3rd August 2014

Start Time:
9.30 am (set up)

End Time:
5 pm (take down)

Event title: Funday 2014 at Harry Tuffins Churchstoke
Venue: Harry Tuffins, Crosslikey Churchstoke Powys SY15 6AR
Name: Shropshire Disability Network
Telephone: 01743 340832
Event description: Many of you will remember SDN being awarded £50 from last years Funday at Harry Tuffins (part of Mid Counties Cooperative)
This year we have decided to take part by having tables at this event. We get to keep all the money we raise on the day from what we do!

Our plan is to have a bottle tombola as well as a teddy/toy tombola. We will also be raising awareness of what SDN is all about.

So how can YOU help?

  1. We need contributions for the bottle tombola. (dated to be checked)
  2. We need toys and teddies for the “toy” tombola.(safety logo will be checked)

If you can donate something, please let contact us.

We also need help on the day!

  1. To help at the event. Can you spare us a little of your time please?
  2. Need 2 or 3 people to help put up a gazebo. Please ask your family and friends, and then contact us. Thank you

We will bring you more details as the date gets nearer.

This is usually a great day. Over £40,000 is usually raised and shared between over 200 charities later in the year.

SDN are very pleased to be doing this event in South Shropshire as it is good to engage with and raise awareness of SDN in all areas across the county of Shropshire.

Healthwatch Shropshire Annual Event-Postponed to September!

Start Date:
8th July 2014

End Date:
8th July 2014

Start Time:
2 pm

End Time:
4.45 pm

Event title: Healthwatch Shropshire Annual Event
Venue: The Chapel Community Hall, Cross Houses; Shrewsbury; SY5 6JH
Name: Steph Dunbar
Telephone: 01743 237884
Event description: Our Health and Social Services, “Changing Times” What does it mean for You?”
This as an opportunity for you to come to listen, to discuss, to understand the current and future changes in Health & Social Care services in the county. We will be exploring what this means to you, the people of Shropshire.
We would love to meet you, so please make this a date in your diary now.

Healthwatch Shropshire apologises for any inconvenience caused but the date has been changed to Tuesday 16th September. This later date will enable Healthwatch Shropshire to provide more clarity around some issues they wish to address. Please refer to 16th September entry on this website. Thank you.

Great News! SDN Gets Its First Official Supporter

There has been a quiet change on the SDN website. It’s very exciting and now we want to shout about it. We are pleased to announce that Adelphi Care Services has become our first official supporter by promoting its services on our site. 

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By becoming a supporter of SDN we will promote Adelphi Care Services on our main pages. Just scroll down the page to the section just below the Latest News and you will find them on the right hand side. You can click the item and it will take you to more information about the service.

This means that not only can we promote services to our members but it brings us a small income which makes our website more sustainable.

We are on the lookout for more supporters. We can offer packages for specific periods of time at VERY attractive rates and we can create a special page just for you or we can link directly to your website. The service or product just needs to be relevant to our membership and comply with out T’s & C’s.

Try it out! Go to the supporters section on the front page, just below the Latest News and click the link.

SDN Management Committee Meeting

Start Date:
10th July 2014

End Date:
10th July 2014

Start Time:
10.30 am

End Time:
12.30 pm

Event title: SDN Management Committee Meeting
Venue: The Lantern, Meadow Farm Drive, Harlescott, Shrewsbury, SY1 4NG
Name: Russell Price-Secretary
Telephone: 07794 497 704
Event description: NOTE: We have changed our meeting time to fit in with times that rooms are booked out from and to at The Lantern.

To enable this organisation to operate we have Management Meetings each month, this is vital in order to bring you this website and our newsletter which are our prime tools. It is also important that we carry out the wishes of our Members.

We want to make collective decisions in the best interests of our members and supporters. Our monthly meetings include a Treasurers Report. Reports from the Press/Publicity Officer, Fundraising Sub Group are circulated prior to our meetings.
Our meetings always have a packed agenda and we are a very busy committee, all of us are volunteers either with a disability or a carer of someone.
Often additional items are discussed and we are always receiving new topics that need discussing.