Katie Price helps raise the profile of Raising Your Game, when she calls in to talk to some of the young people for her new show about disability
Young people from Raising Your Game’s Boys and Girls Aloud group in Hertfordshire met Katie Price to help advise her on her new television documentary, so make sure you tune in.
Katie Price: Standing up for Harvey – on Sky Living 30 June – provides a frank account of raising a disabled child and the stigma and discrimination they can face. At the heart of the show is comedian Frankie Boyle’s controversial joke about Katie’s eight-year-old son Harvey, who is autistic and has septo-optic dysplasia. She wants to use her celebrity profile to raise awareness of the issues faced by many disabled children and their families every day.
“Harvey is a wonderful boy. I am so proud of how he deals every day with his disability,” says Katie. “But of course, Harvey doesn’t have the voice to defend himself, so through this documentary, I hope to encourage other people to appreciate the difficulties that children with a disability and their parents face every day.”
Katie wanted to talk to young people who have experienced similar prejudice and how they have coped with it. Raising Your Game’s Katie, Alistair, Mathew and Stuart spoke of their own personal experiences of being bullied and being called names, and reflected on Frankie Boyle’s comments.
Raising Your Game’s Katie said: “I think it is wrong to pick on a small child, it’s just not right. If I were looking after that child, I would take him away from these horrible people and protect him.”
But the group also spoke about all the good things life has brought their way. They love going out to clubs, dancing and catching up with friends.
“We hope the programme will help to raise the public’s awareness of learning disability and communication difficulty,” says Raising Your Game’s marketing officer Thomas Empson. “The young people are great ambassadors for the project and for people with a learning disability.”
Read success stories from the project here