An event in aid of Local Solutions was held in the House of Lords on Monday 13th May. The event, which was hosted by Lord Borwick paid tribute to the life and work of Sir Bert Massie CBE DL. Sir Bert was a long standing trustee of Local Solutions and a key figure in the disability rights movement.
The event also marked the publication of Sir Bert’s memoirs ‘A Life Without Limits’. After contracting Polio as an infant, Sir Bert spent his life as a wheelchair user and could relate to the discrimination that disabled people face everyday. The autobiography tells the story of his life in Liverpool, the prejudice he faced due to his disability and his journey as a disability rights activist. The book can be found here and the audiobook is available from the RNIB shop. All proceeds will be donated to Local Solutions.
The event was opened by Lord Borwick and included speeches from Lady Massie; Nigel Lanceley, Chair of Local Solutions; Steve Hawkins, Chief Executive at Local Solutions; Bob Niven, Councillor Pam Thomas; Mark Power, Interim Vice Chancellor at Liverpool John Moores University and Lord David Blunkett.
Around 60 people attended the event including staff and trustees of Local Solutions, friends and colleagues of Sir Bert and representatives from other charities and organisations which Sir Bert was associated.
Sir Bert Massie's expansive career saw him take on several important roles including; Chairman of the Disability Rights Commission, Chief Executive of the Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation, Governor of Motability, a scheme for disabled drivers, Vice President and Patron of a number of disability charities and a Governor of LJMU as well as serving on a number of government advisory committees concerned with disability.
He played a significant role in the establishment of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, was knighted in January 2007 and was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside in 2014.
Sir Bert sadly passed away in October 2017, after losing his battle with cancer.
"Sir Bert is greatly missed by us all - his wise and humorous guidance was inspiring. The cause of the human rights of disabled people, championed by Sir Bert, is something that remains a key priority for the board at Local Solutions." - Steve Hawkins, Local Solutions’ Chief Executive
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