Our Annual Family Weekend Speakers are one of the highlights of our flagship event. Each year incredible stories and experiences are shared by wonderful role models in our community.
High profile personalities, Paralympians, athletes and many wonderful members of Reach have told their story and shared insights into their lives.
Read on for links to inspiring interviews, presentations and short films from the Virtual Family Day in October 2020 and the Family Weekend in Bristol 2019.
Alex is an Ambassador for Reach, and a returning inspirational, and at times an emotional speaker to our Family Weekend. Alex shared more anecdotes with Alastair Greener about his varied television career and the more recent BBC documentary Disability and Me.
Alex chats with Alastair from his garden shed answering members questions along the way. “All my conversations I’ve ever really had about being a disabled man, I’ve had on telly. It’s a really strange thing, and it makes you feel quite exposed. But at the same time, I really hope that the audience take something from the fact that it is so, so personal.”
Lauren is a 3 Time Paralympian & Rio Silver Medallist, and also the current World & European Champion – a title which she has won 3 and 6 times respectively.
Lauren’s brilliant interview with Alastair looks at her enormously successful sporting career, looking to Tokyo and her other more recent challenges in Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins and her Strictly Come Dancing journey.
Winner of the 2019 Christmas Star Baker, and 2018 semi finalist in the Great British Bake Off, the wonderful Briony demonstrated two yummy recipes, pizza and chocolate orange cupcakes with her gorgeous daughter, 5 year old Nora as one of our virtual workshops!
Briony chats with Alastair about up and coming projects with Food Unwrapped, her connections with Reach when she was growing up, and pictures sent in by members of their cooked up creations!
Miles shared a wonderful presentation full of stories about his life, how he overcome many challenges and how he pushed himself to achieve.
Miles was born with upper limb phocomelia (very short malformed arms) caused by the drug Thalidomide. Miles has an ‘everything is possible’ attitude and his varied careers, personal achievements and film very much prove this. Alastair continues the conversation with questions from members.
Reach member and returning inspirational speaker Jennie, continues to share her career journey and the exciting direction her own experiences have lead her to be involved with today. Jennie’s film will resonate with many, and continues with a fascinating chat with Alastair who shares questions from members.
Reach member Max Swinhoe, a Freelance Copywriter, was born with an Ischemic Contracture of the left arm. Max’s beautifully shot film shares her rise in confidence and passionate approach to help raise awareness for the limb difference community. Max answers questions from members and chats with Alastair.