Lucy Watts, 22, from Benfleet, Essex, wants to use her MBE to highlight the lack of services for young adults with disabilities and life-limiting conditions. Watts, who has the genetic disorder Ehlers-Danlos syndrome with life-limiting complications, writes a blog called Lucy’s Light, and is an advocate with health and social care services for other young people with disabilities.
She made a plea for more young adult hospices: “There are children’s hospices and adult hospices, but not many young adult hospices, and their needs are completely different.”
Of course, Same Difference also extends sincere congratulations to all other disabled people and carers on the New Years Honours list. We wil go through the list in detail in the next few days and highlight as many as we can find.