Artist Alison Lapper to become patron of European Limb Difference Organisation, EDRIC.
LONDON 20 August 2012: EDRIC, the European limb difference organisation, is delighted to announce that accomplished British mouth painter, Alison Lapper MBE, has been appointed as its first patron.
Ms Lapper, who herself lives with significant limb deficiencies (phocomelia), is best known for the statue depicting her nude and pregnant, that was unveiled on the fourth plinth in London's Trafalgar Square.
A full member of the British Partnership of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists, Ms Lapper published her autobiography 'My Life in My Hands' in 2005.
Earlier this year, EDRIC (European Dysmelia Reference Information Centre) launched its online arm, DysNet, aimed at building an accessible knowledge-base of information, resources and experts' network specifically for people with limb differences, whether acquired or congenital. DysNet also has a community forum run by EURORDIS, the European rare diseases organisation on its RareConnect network.
Ms Lapper said, "I'm really pleased to become a patron of EDRIC. I wholeheartedly back the EDRIC aim to share the knowledge and expertise that people with limb disabilities have gained as they live independent lives. Bringing together people and resources in this way can only strengthen our voices."
EDRIC chairman, Geoff Adams-Spink, said, "Alison is an inspiration to many people who are trying to live as independently as possible. She shows that you can achieve your ambitions, be creative and become a successful parent - whether you have disabilities or not. I'm extremely happy to welcome her on board as our first patron."
Ms Lapper was appointed MBE in 2003 for her services to art.
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