Annabelle's story

"I have to buy shoes far more frequently than I would do if I did not have cerebral palsy. My shoes wear out quickly because of the way I walk. For example, the shoes I wear for work - 9 to 5, five days a week - only last me two or three weeks. As a professional woman in my thirties buying shoes should be a thrill for me. Instead it's an expensive chore.

My job means I need to look smart, and this means that some things that others would see as treats are a necessity to me. For example, sometimes I struggle washing my own hair and need someone to help me, so I'll have to go to the hairdresser. Someone who didn't understand my situation might see me as indulgent but really, I'm just putting myself on the same footing as everybody else."