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New Disability Champion appointed

Cllr Lesley Bambridge

Published: Tuesday, 27th August 2019

Cllr Lesley Bambridge, borough councillor for St Margarets and St Nicholas ward, has been appointed as the new Disability Champion for the borough with effect from 1 September 2019.

Cllr Bambridge said: "Although I’m not registered as disabled, I do suffer from a chronic painful condition that affects my mobility. I was diagnosed with Lipoedema which mainly affects the lower half of the body and in particular the legs causing a bilateral, symmetrical swelling. The disease is genetic and affects mostly women and is triggered at hormonal flares such as puberty and at menopause.

"I have realised since I did some disability awareness training some years ago that there are many disabilities, some minor but some very debilitating, some obvious and some hidden. It’s the hidden ones I would really like to raise awareness of, so that there is greater understanding among decision makers.

"I previously served on the Disability Forum and I hope to carry on the good work of the former Disability Champion, Sue Fraser. I realise I have a lot to learn but I’m sure the public will help me with that. I can be reached via email or by phone and look forward to hearing from people with their concerns.”

Cllr Brian Long, Leader of the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk, confirmed: "Lesley is a long-serving and well-respected councillor who has a wide range of knowledge and experience. I know she will prove to be an excellent champion and will ensure that the voice of people, who may be experiencing difficulties accessing council services, will be heard."

Cllr Lesley Bambridge can be emailed on or called on 01553 765154.

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