How we started
An introduction from our Co-Founder James Brown
Mobiloo began its
Why am I so committed to making this a reality? Because a single experience changed me, it changed my life and every day it drives me to create a better life for others.
A nine-year-old blind child driving on a race track
I owe a lot to one man, Dr David Peacock. I was born in with only 5% sight, my early childhood was spent away from home at a special school. In a city and at a time when sectarian conflict was rife, the security of home felt a long way away. School was very tough and I found it hard to cope. As I lay in my ‘sick’ bed, again, Dr Peacock recognised an unhappy, withdrawn young boy. My prescription: a distraction from the harsh environment at school. The medicine: driving around the local motor racing circuit at Kirkistown! From that moment, I didn’t look back. The impact on my self-esteem was immediate. From that day on my life has been all about seizing opportunities, even if I don’t know quite where they will lead.
A legacy for years to come
In 2010 I started Active Impact, a Gloucestershire-based community interest company, providing life-changing opportunities for disabled children and young people. I want to help others to experience the transformational impact of challenging themselves to go beyond expectations. Somehow Dr. Peacock saw no issue with a nine-year-old blind child driving on a race track, so I see no reason why a young person who can’t use the loo without assistance shouldn’t have similar opportunities and experiences to me.
Changing the conversation, expectations and experiences for those living with a disability will be the legacy of Mobiloo and all who join our journey; a small contribution to a significant social change.
My drive, ambition and belief began at a young age and supported me throughout my career as a Paralympic athlete. Even then I knew that the conversation and expectations had to change.
Far from being an obstacle, my disability has enabled me to achieve things I once might have thought impossible. To be in a position to give that gift to others is an honour.
We will look back upon this time and ask ourselves how we got away with not meeting a most basic human need.
It’s far from a one-man crusade, I am surrounded by others with the belief and ability to match my own. We’re collaborative and believe in the power of teamwork – and naturally, we’re inclusive. Together we are a vehicle for change.