TV presenter, designer, and campaigner Sophie Morgan has been appointed as Scope’s new Patron.
The 30 year old joins Scope’s existing patrons – lawyer Cherie Booth, TV anchor Alistair Stewart, comedian Richard Herring and former River Island Chief Executive Richard Bradbury – in playing a crucial role in supporting Scope’s work.
An award-winning campaigner, Sophie is a passionate advocate for disability awareness. Scope’s chief executive says she will be a “fantastic role model for Scope”.
Sophie was paralysed from the chest down in a car crash aged 18. Following this, she decided not to study Law and instead enrolled in an Art degree and undertook an expedition across Central America for the BBC2 programme ‘Beyond Boundaries’.
Sophie became determined to challenge the access and attitudinal barriers facing disabled people, and today fulfils this ambition working across a huge range of areas.
She is a director of Why Not People – a member’s club, which promotes accessible gigs and clubs, and has just announced its first event in July.
She also markets bionic technology, advises on disability, models and runs two companies, one which makes retail display products that promote better representation and another which sells boutique art wedding gifts. Her products have been used by major brands such as Debenhams and Adidas, and she has also modelled for a number of high-profile fashion labels.
As a journalist and TV presenter she is a regular on Channel 4 News, Sky News and the BBC. Her documentary on the realities of living with a disability in Africa will be part of the BBC’s upcoming disability season.
Sophie was appointed as a Commissioner in 2014 for the Extra Costs Commission to investigate the extra costs faced by disabled people and their families.“Businesses have to take disabled consumers more seriously. It’s the right thing to do. But businesses also need to see the value of the ‘Purple Pound’. Disabled people need to be more savvy consumers. The Extra Costs Commission, which I’m part of, is one way we are going to make change happen.”
Sophie has been an active supporter of Scope for some time. She featured in our End the Awkward campaign, narrated our ‘About Scope’ film, and has blogged about travelling with a disability.
“I feel flattered and thrilled to be asked to be a patron at Scope. We share an ambition to make life better for disabled people. Every day I experience some sort of discrimination. But I think things are changing. I think disability is having a moment: we’re starting to break through into the mainstream. Hopefully with my experience I can help Scope play a part in seizing that moment.”
Richard Hawkes, Chief Executive said:
“The role of Patron is given to people who contribute at an extremely high level through supporting or raising the profile of our work.
“I am thrilled to welcome Sophie to the team and I’m confident that her passion and experience will help us achieve our ambitious plans to raise our profile, engage new audiences, and to promote more positive disabled role models.
“I look forward to working with her on exciting projects in the year ahead to change society so that it is a better place for disabled people and their families.”