Our New Mini Documentary Series Will Put the Fylde Coast in The Spotlight for Accessible Tourism

Becky Dann
Becky Dann

We are egg-cited to launch a little pre-Easter weekend treat; our six-part mini-series filmed across the beautiful Fylde Coast…

It is hosted by Mike Goody, former RAF gunner and Invictus Games hero and follows families and friends from across the UK – with visible and invisible disabilities – on a visit to the area, including Becky Dann, who starred in Channel 4s The Undateables.

With one in five people in the UK having a disability, we hope to shed light on the day-to-day barriers people face.

Our nation is getting older too, so has increasing chance of impairments, which businesses can help address.

We might not ordinarily think of disabilities as poorer eyesight, mobility issues or hearing loss but we want the Fylde Coast to cater for everyone; the young right through to the elderly.

Help Boost Business When the UK Is Back Up and Running

There is a common perception people have of disability being a wheelchair.

“To educate and change peoples’ perspectives. Encourage local businesses to make the sometimes very small but necessary changes required to make life easier for anyone with a disability.

Did you know?

In the UK, there are almost 2 million people living with sight loss

  • In the UK, there are almost 2 million people living with sight loss
  • 11 million people in the UK are deaf or hard of hearing
  • There are 151,000 BSL users in the UK
  • There are 13.9 million disabled people in the UK
  • One in five of us will be affected by disability at some point in our lives
  • Approximately 1.5million people in the UK have a learning disability
  • Autism affects the daily life of around 2.8 million people

Alan Reid is interviewed by Mike Goody in this first of the series. He is the CEO of Blackpool charity Disability First, which spearheads our project funded by the Coastal Communities Fund, says: 

“The Fylde Coast is currently not open to tourism with the UK in lockdown due to Coronavirus and many businesses have been hit hard. We hope that when the UK is back up and running that after watching this series people will see all the positive changes which have been made in this fabulous area to make it a welcoming place for all.

“Having a visible or invisible disability affects the choices of where to stay or visit whether just for a day or a week – and that accounts for 1 in 5 people in the UK.

“There is often a great deal of research that goes into which hotel or bed and breakfast to stay at, transport considerations and if they can access restaurants or tourist attractions. 

“Many businesses and tourist attractions across the Fylde Coast have been playing their part over the years to make their businesses more welcoming for people with physical, sensory and other ‘hidden’ disabilities and our project has further helped another 400-plus business’ across the area, to make small changes which will make a big difference to disabled people, their families and the elderly too.”

The series highlights best practice for businesses and we hope it will also help businesses gain an insight into the barriers disabled people and their families face – whether that’s choosing where to stay, where to eat or where to visit.

And, for disabled people thinking of coming to stay in Blackpool, Fylde or Wyre, we hope it gives you a great snap shot of what these gems of the north west have on offer!

Mike Goody

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