Words by Blyth Brentnall
The viral cat-owner duo, Travis and Sigrid, meet the inspirational BBC journalist, Ellis Palmer, in the latest episode of Travis and Sigrid’s Charity Rides.
Fantastic! What happens?
As they cycle around the seaside town of Merseyside, Ellis tells Travis and Sigrid about Stick ‘n Step, a charity for children who have cerebral palsy.
Living with cerebral palsy himself, Ellis uses a wheelchair and finds many everyday tasks more difficult than other people do.
“You’ve just got to roll with it, I guess,” he says.
"Growing up as a disabled person, the power of community through Stick ‘n Step was really important for me," he explains.
Throughout this 5th episode, Ellis talks about Stick ‘n Step, gives insights into his work at the BBC, and offers some valuable thoughts on overcoming challenges.
"Life's about the adaptations you make sometimes,” he says. “If it doesn't work at first, put your thinking cap on and try again in a slightly different way.”
As Travis listens, Sigrid the cat sits back and enjoys the ride - and even gets a sniff of a special Smiley treat when they stop for a break.
Watch the full episode to hear more valuable life lessons from Ellis and enjoy Sigrid’s cuteness as she and Travis meet other charity guests throughout the series.
At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.
Sense. Sense helps thousands of people who have complex disabilities to communicate, experience the world and fulfil their potential. Learn more here.
Scope. Scope is the disability equality charity in England and Wales, providing practical information and emotional support when it’s most needed, campaigning to create a fairer society. Support them here.
Disability Rights UK. Disability Rights UK is the UK’s leading organisation led by, run by, and working for disabled people. Find out more.