A London-based DJ is starting up the capital’s first accessible club event for adults with disabilities and their carers.
DJ Tony Gurney, aka Groover The Barbarian, is set to run his d'n'b and jungle special from Omeara in London Bridge on November 16.
As someone who lives with Crohn’s Disease and Fibromyalgia and having been a child carer, Tony hopes to eliminate the barriers standard nightclubbing creates.
Tony said: “Anyone who has tried to get a taxi or a night bus at 3-4am knows how difficult that is.
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“Now imagine it’s raining, and the taxi that has turned up is refusing to take you because you're in a wheelchair and the guy will have to get out of his car.”
Tony added that a typical nightclub excursion of eight hours plus can be physically and mentally draining for those with disabilities.
The event, aptly named ‘Daylight’, will run for four hours from 2-6pm and will limit the amount of tickets sold to 100.
This is aimed at giving party-goers the optimum experience.
Aside from DJing Tony has also worked with Talking Therapies Southwark and has set up workshop ‘Coping With Difficult Times’ which aims to help people survive suicidal thinking.
The event is being run with Carers UK and Attitude is Everything, a charity designed to benefit the welfare of carers and an organisation making live music events better for deaf and disabled people respectively.
Tony has set up a fundraising page in the hope of creating a regular event within London’s clubbing calendar.
You can help him reach his target and read his story here.
Tickets are £5, with free carers tickets.
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