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Stories

Mike Adams OBE

Mike Adams OBE developed Purple Tuesday, the flagship initiative of Purple. Read his story to learn how Purple Tuesday is helping businesses to tap into the power of the Purple Pound by improving the disabled customer experience 365 days a year.

James Hunt

James Hunt has back, knee and muscular injuries as well as dyslexia and ADHD. Read his story to learn how he is still finding the balance, and why helping the community has become both his purpose and proudest achievement.

Daniel Hall

Daniel Hall has anxiety and depression as well as a diagnosis of an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). Read his story to find out how he decided to play to his skills, qualities and experiences, and realised his ambition to found his own business.

Abigail Pine

Abigail Pine has had epilepsy since she was three years old. Read her story to find out about the difficulties of living with an invisible illness and why her business is a family affair.

Jen Parker

Jen Parker has ankylosing spondylitis (AS), psoriatic arthritis, and fibromyalgia. Read her story to find out why she makes self-care a priority, how working for herself has made her more healthy both mentally and physically, and how she came to be an Amazon bestseller with her book, Unflip.

Shezad Nawab MBE

Shezad Nawab MBE is profoundly deaf. Read his story to find out how being an entrepreneur was a childhood dream and how he’s bridging the gap between deaf and non-deaf businesses.

Christine Bowyer-Sopp

Christine Bowyer-Sopp, Soboan Candles, has restricted mobility, reduced energy levels, memory issues and vertigo, due to fibromyalgia and a stroke. Read her story to find out how making scented things became her therapy and then her business.

Marcus Mason-Williams

Marcus Mason-Williams, multi-talented artist and founder of Cool Art 2021, tells us how he was inspired by Henri Rousseau, why he loves to work outside, and how his art sets him free.

Jaki King

Jaki King of If Everyone Cares CIC tells us how her community maps are changing the way people can find and offer support, about her experience of receiving diagnoses later in life, and about the A to Z of positive thinking.

Lee Chambers

Lee Chambers of Essentialise Workplace Wellbeing tells us about how spending time in a hospital bed helped him hone his vision of what he could contribute, the challenges of having invisible disabilities, and why disability is a beautiful world of colour.

Ed Hollands

Ed Hollands of DrivenMedia tells us about how a traffic jam gave him the idea to start his own business, his experience of appearing on Dragons’ Den, and why he doesn’t consider himself to be disabled.

Michael Beynon

Michael was born with Downs Syndrome and vision impairment. He always wanted to own his own business and in 2018 set up COALPIT Welsh cakes. Read about how his business has helped the local community, competing for Team GB, running the London Marathon and being one of Mencap's Myth Busters.