A COMEDIAN WITHOUT SPEECH BECOMES A LOUD VOICE FOR THE DISABLED COMMUNITY

by Angie Muzyka

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

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THE WINNER of Britain’s Got Talent 2018 has spoken of his pride in representing the disabled community in front of the whole nation.

Lee Ridley, also known as ‘The Lost Voice Guy’ was recently crowned the winner of this year’s Britain’s Got Talent, saying that the major source of his satisfaction following his TV appearance was the response he has received from disabled people he’s inspired.

In an exclusive interview with Blackwood, a leading housing and care provider in Scotland, Ridley described his passion for performing and the inspiration behind his act.

The 37-year-old whose cerebral palsy affects his ability to speak is the first comedian to ever win the show, making his phenomenal achievement even more worthy of recognition.

Millions of viewers voted him as winner of the annual nationwide talent show, meaning he will have the opportunity to perform in front of the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium Theatre in November.

In his interview, Lee said: “It’s been a pretty crazy time since the programme was shown. I’m drowning in phone notifications from people telling me how much they enjoy my sets, which is a nice feeling.

“The positive reaction has been breath-taking and I never expected to make such an impact.”

Lee fell into the world of stand-up comedy by accident when he decided to “experiment” and put his flair for comedy to the test.

To his surprise, he became the audience’s favourite in a matter of minutes. The rest was history.

The comedian puts a lot of thought and planning into his gigs, occasionally having to rewrite material to ensure a smooth delivery of jokes through the speech machine.

Lee added: “I have had nothing but positive reactions from the disabled community, I think they appreciate someone who can take the mick out of themselves more than most, because they know how it feels.

“So I think they quite like seeing someone with a similar viewpoint to them.”

Blackwood work to improve the quality of life for those living with disabilities, helping them to live life to the full, which resonates with Lee’s inspirational story.

Max Brown, Chair of Blackwood, said: “Lee is a truly inspirational character and represents everything Blackwood believe in.

“He demonstrates that a disability should never be able to hold anyone back and will hopefully encourage others to try things they didn’t think were possible.

“At Blackwood, we are passionate about and driven by providing opportunities and helping disabled people living their lives to the full.”

One of Blackwood’s impressive projects is turning their disability friendly “concept house” into reality.

Blackwood House, an affordable, accessible and connected development of flats located in Dundee, has been a huge success in helping disabled people live more independently.

The homes come with Blackwood’s own digitally enhanced care system CleverCogsTM which plays an integral part in the daily home life of the tenant, allowing them to control the various home utilities such as lights, and easy contact their care providers with the touch of a button.

The technology enables people to live in their own home and neighbourhood as opposed to residential care. This helps to reduce the feeling of isolation and makes the living-at-home experience more practical and enjoyable.

The original interview was carried out on behalf of http://www.bespoken.me/ , Blackwood’s not-for-profit online community.

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