Beverley Knight and Cherie Booth - Support: Scope
Singer Beverley Knight brought the house down at the Time To Get Equal dinner to celebrate Scope's 55th birthday.
Cherie Booth QC spoke at the event, which was hosted by London Tonight presenter and fellow patron Alastair Stewart. Booth said: "We remain a long way away from real equality and real rights. Despite progress and a new drive from government, disabled people are still routinely denied many of the things non-disabled people take for granted."
The dinner, on 10 October, was organised to celebrate Scope's work with children and adults with cerebral palsy over the past half century. Bob Benson, executive director at Scope, said: "Just because we have accessible bendy buses and a guy in a wheelchair in Casualty doesn't mean we have progress. The stark reality is that many disabled people are effectively segregated from society by poverty and prejudice."
Thom Yorke, lead singer of angst-ridden rock group Radiohead, called for the introduction of a Climate Change Bill in the Queen's Speech when he met his MP, Dr Evan Harris, Liberal Democrat MP for West Oxford and Abingdon, last week. The meeting is part of Big Ask, Big Month, Big Lobby, a month of activity organised by Friends of the Earth during which people across the country are being encouraged to visit their MPs to get the Government to do more about climate change.
Kwame Kwei-Armah, the actor and playwright, hosted an event at Centrepoint on Monday to mark Black History Month and highlight the issue of homelessness in the black and minority ethnic community. The charity estimates that 72 per cent of its service users are from BME backgrounds. It says homeless people from ethnic minority groups are less visible on the streets because they are more likely to 'sofa surf' with friends and relatives. They are also less likely to ask local authorities for help. Kwei-Armah, who visited the Camberwell Foyer service, says: "This is the best time to be young, black and talented in the history of the UK."
KT Tunstall, voted Best British Female Solo Artist at this year's Brit Awards, opened Mary Hare's new Arlington Arts Centre near Newbury, Berkshire, on 14 October. The building will offer hundreds of deaf children the opportunity to study music, dance and drama in a purpose-built centre. Tunstall, who performed her hit song Other Side of the World with some of the children, became involved with the charity because her brother Daniel is deaf. She says: "From my experience of growing up with Dan, it can be very frustrating for deaf kids if they can't communicate."