Adrian is pictured with his new teen volunteers at the launch of #SASSY in Golden Square
Anti-bullying and hate crime campaigner Adrian Derbyshire chose Warrington’s busy Golden Square shopping mall to launch his 2016 community outreach campaign and #SASSY his new campaign in memory of daughter Julia.
Fittingly, some of Julia’s schoolfriends turned up at the launch to honour her memory. They were joined by other teenagers from the National Citizen Service and the Duke Of Edinburgh Award scheme who had been inspired by listening to him speak.Read More
Julia used to help Adrian with his anti-bullying and hate crime campaign
Heartbroken Adrian Derbyshire is to carry on his campaign against bullying and hate crime, but with a new focus following the tragic death of his 16-year-old daughter Julia.
Adrian found Julia collapsed at their Warrington home and fought desperately to save her life by giving her CPR until the ambulance came. Read More
Former Prime Minister David Cameron has given Stop Hate campaigner Adrian Derbyshire a special Point Of Light award in recognition of the work he is doing on his round Britain hand-cycle tour.
The Points of Light award recognises outstanding individuals – people who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.Read More
Says Adrian: “Anyone can be a victim of hate crime. It can be committed against a person or property.
Hate crimes are any crimes that target a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s:
- Race or ethnicity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
- Transgender identity
- Mental illness
- Learning & physical disability
“A hate incident can feel like a crime to anyone suffering one and often escalate to more serious crimes or tension in a community. It is for this reason that police are concerned about incidents. They can only prosecute when the law is broken, but can work with partners to try to prevent any escalation in seriousness.
What can Adrian do for you?
Do you think you have a group who could benefit from hearing Adrian’s message? He is happy to come and hold an awareness event for any interested group.
He speaks on:
- Hate crimes and the effect they have
- Health and wellbeing
- Going the extra mile to be a positive role model
Of course, all of this work comes at a cost and Adrian is constantly trying to raise money to fund his work www.justgiving.com/adrianderbyshire
You only have to be with Adrian Derbyshire for five minutes and you know you’ve met a truly exceptional and inspirational man.
It all started as quite a simple idea – a four week trip covering a thousand miles to spread the message about stopping hate crime, going the extra mile, being positive role models.
But by the half-way stage it had grown from four weeks to six months and then to nine months and Adrian had already hand-cycled over 1,700 miles with more invitations for more talks and more visits pouring in all the time.
“It’s taken on a life of its own,” said Adrian. “The response has been so phenomenal the tour is now going to run through to December 22nd. The incredible amount of interests has proved beyond doubt that people want to hear the message I am giving. I was in the Isle Of Man a short while ago and spoke to two schools, but now the Manx government have invited me back to speak to many more of them.”
He had further proof one day while enjoying a coffee in Starbucks. He was approached by a woman who asked if he was Adrian Derbyshire. When he confirmed he was the lady could not thank him enough.
Once the schools broke up for their summer holidays Adrian found himself free to pursue one of the other strands of his tour – promoting fitness and well-being for disabled people.
And what better way to do it than taking on a marathon a day for 21 days all along the south coast of England.
Starting in Portsmouth, Adrian hand-cycled through the New Forest where he stopped off at The New Forest Inclusive Cycling Centre on the way to Bournemouth.