Meet our Ambassadors

Dr Hannah Barham-Brown (Dr Pops)

my AFK Ambassador Dr Hannah Barham-Brown

Dr Hannah Barham-Brown (affectionately known as Dr Pops) was studying at medical school when she was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome in 2015. She now uses a wheelchair and a cane to help her move around, and has become a well-known disability advocate. Most recently, she was named on the 2018 Disability Power 100 List by the Shaw Trust.

 

As an Ambassador for my AFK, Dr Pops has completed a number of fundraising events including the Superhero Triathlon. She also speaks at lots of our events and represents my AFK at other events.

Tessa Peake-Jones

my AFK Ambassador Tessa Peake-Jones

Tessa is an actress best known for playing Raquel in the popular comedy series Only Fools and Horses. She also appears as Mrs Maguire in Grantchester for ITV, and has been in many theatre productions, the latest being The Winslow Boy on tour. Tessa has been associated with my AFK for over 20 years and really enjoys popping in to see everyone occasionally and hearing the latest news.

 

“I think what my AFK offers young people in terms of practical and emotional support is absolutely amazing! I’m very proud to be connected to such a worthwhile organisation and I look forward to many years of hearing their news and watching their development.”

Gaz Choudhry

my AFK Ambassador Gaz Choudry

Gaz Choudhry had his right leg amputated when he was just 10 years old; two years later, he was introduced to wheelchair basketball and he immediately fell in love with the speed and sense of freedom given by the sport. Gaz has been an integral part of the GB Men’s Squad since his debut for the team at the 2009 BT Paralympic World Cup. Gaz made his debut for ParalympicsGB at the London 2012 Games and, in 2015, assisted the GB Men to qualification for Rio 2016 Paralympics and a third consecutive European title (2011, 2013). He was part of the men’s team which brought home the Bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics and silver medal at the 2017 European Championships.

Marcel Fearon

Marcel is awesome.

Leon Brown

my AFK Ambassador Leon in his powerchair

Leon is awesome.

Jamie Green

Jamie Green is a my AFK Ambassador

Jamie Green is a 23-year old from North Yorkshire who has cerebral palsy. He is currently a PhD student in Modern Languages at Oxford University, researching the development of identity in South Tyrol, a trilingual province in northern Italy.

 

His PhD research requires a lot of travel, and my AFK were able to provide Jamie with a wheelchair that allows him to travel a lot more easily: “it’s the perfect, stylish, hybrid wheelchair I’ve always dreamed of having, and will help me lead an even more independent and confident life.”

 

Jamie is documenting life as a postgrad student on his blog, and he also writes guest blogs for my AFK.

Kat Panagaki

Kat is awesome.

Olaoluwa (Jimmy) Asuni

my AFK Ambassador Jimmy Asuni

Jimmy Asuni is a project assistant with Lloyds Banking Group and motivational speaker. He was born with cerebral palsy in Nigeria, but he knew from a young age that he wanted to be a banker.

 

“I am a highly motivated individual with a strong aptitude for people management. An excellent verbal communicator with high developed interpersonal skills. I have demonstrated a high degree of initiative in his personal and professional development he also enjoys the challenges of a demanding and changeable role.

 

“When I met a group of young adults from my AFK I saw a huge potential in them all so I decided to show them that in spite of any disability they can achieve their dreams.”

 

Read about Jimmy’s visit to my AFK.

 

Watch a video of Jimmy’s story in his own words below:

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