The organisers of Naidex National 2012 (1st-3rd May Birmingham NEC) are proud to announce that Falklands War veteran Simon Weston OBE will be officially opening the show at 10am on Tuesday 1st May. Visitors to the UKís largest disability exhibition will now have the chance to see Simon as we commemorate the 30th anniversary of the conflict that changed his life forever. He will be giving a talk in the Strategic Theatre shortly after 10am followed by a Q&A session so make sure you are there to get your questions answered.
Simonís talk will cover his views on how the Government and NHS is dealing with mental health and supporting members of the armed forces who are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. This is of course very topical with the 30th anniversary of the Falklandís War and so many members of the armed forces coming forward to talk about their experiences of PTSD. He will also be giving his thoughts on the Welfare Reform Bill and how it is affecting people with disabilities.
In 1982 the Sir Galahad was destroyed in Bluff Cove on the Falkland Islands. On board was Simon Weston, Welsh Guardsman, whose struggle to overcome his injuries (46% burns) and endure years of re-constructive surgery, including 70 major operations and surgical procedures, has been closely followed by the entire nation. Visiting Naidex National is the perfect way to pay respect to Simonís courage and determination and be inspired by his heroic story. Entry is free and visitors can register for tickets at www.naidex.co.uk/national
Simon commented: ďI am delighted to be officially opening Naidex National and am really looking forward to seeing all of the innovative products on display to promote independent living. Without events like this many people would not be aware of what support is out there so I hope that everyone comes to take full advantage of what is on offer at this fantastic, free event.Ē
Naidex National is an excellent opportunity to test and compare hundreds of products under one roof. From paediatric care and wheelchair accessible vehicles to clothing, home adaptations and mobility aids, there really is something for everyone. There will also be a wealth of free help and advice available, with healthcare professionals on hand to give their expert opinions on all sorts of topics and issues. Donít miss your chance to see Simon Weston and experience all that Naidex National has to offer by registering for free tickets at www.naidex.co.uk/national and quoting priority code EP17