|Meet the team
1. tell us a bit about yourself
Hello I am Sharon – a massive scifi and disney fan who loves to costume. My favourtie costumes are my Stitch and Mandalorian. I have 3 kids (Rachel and Jack are grown up and Emily is 10), and we have 2 horses, 2 rabbits and a molly dog – and a Nathan (my hubby). I am an IT consultant and work with a lovely bunch of people.
2. what’s your favourite disney character
I have two .. Eeyore has always been a long time favourite, but I am kind of obsessed with Stitch .. I love them both for different reasons.
3. why are you running to raise funds for feel the force day
Its SUCH an amazing cause and run completely by volunteers and donations. To put on a full event specifically for people with all types of disabilities is a big ask and the team do a great job. It not just about the fun, they have other organizations at the event to help people with all kinds of disabilities too.
4. what is the best thing about feel the force day for you
Being in costume and interacting with the guests. Especially people who are visually impared as Stitch is such a great costume for them to interact with. The whole experience of being there is amazing, you get to meet so many people and make good friends.
5. tell people why they should support feel the force day
I could write pages and pages of why … but I have writen a short blog post here, to explain what feel the force day is.
1 in 4 people feel awkward talking to people with a disability. One of the reasons FEEL THE FORCE DAY exists is to make it possible for guests with disabilities to enjoy a sci-fi convention / comic con in the same manner as (and I hate to use this word) a normal guest. Not all disabilities are visible and some are very visible – so the amazing team at FEEL THE FORCE DAY put on an event that EVERYONE can feel comfortable at. FTFD events are accessible for wheelchairs and scooters of all shapes and sizes, aisles are wide to allow guests with walking aids to pass, tables are at a height that chairs and shorter guests can access. There are sensory rooms and touch tables for guests with visual or hearing problems, quiet rooms for guests who are anxious, autistic and have other issues with noise and crowds. Guests are encouraged to touch props and costumes – it is a festival of sound and vision, touch and taste – something for all the senses – even if that means very quiet and one on one experience.