Abbots Langley charity Demand is to feature in film presented by its patron, TV's Esther Rantzen

Film star Leah plays her trumpet - thanks to Demand.

Film star Leah plays her trumpet - thanks to Demand.

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Television presenter Esther Rantzen will host a film premiere this week displaying the work of an Abbots Langley based charity dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities.

Ms Rantzen, who has been the patron of Demand, a Design and Manufacture for Disability charity based in The Old Chapel in Mallard Road since 1980, will attend the social evening to display the charity’s very own film, featuring the moving true life stories of some of the clients they have helped.

She said: "As a parent, I know only too well the anxiety and stress that fills your life if a child is ill or disabled, longs to sit up, stand or walk, but physically can’t, without help.

"I know, from my own experience, what a wonderful idea it is to link the needs of the patient to the skills of the manufacturer."

The charity is a team of 23 people and has helped more than 3,000 clients in 2011.

They use donations from trusts and foundations, local community organisations and companies, as well as income from their own trading activities to design, make and modify everyday living, sporting and leisure equipment for people with disabilities.

Eleven-year-old Leah is just one of the stars of the promotional film, which will be played on Thursday, November 22.

One side of Leah’s body is disabled, meaning she is only able to use one hand to play her trumpet.

Demand created a simple solution to enable Leah to enjoy playing the trumpet with more ease by installing a camera monopod, designed to help her performance - so much so, she has been invited to perform at the premiere night itself.

The film premiere, which will take place in St Michael’s Manor Hotel in St. Albans from 6.45pm, also promises a raffle, refreshments and live music.

For more information about attending the event, email 'invite' to denise@demand.org.uk.

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