Locally, The Meath is well known for supporting adults who live with complex epilepsy and disabilities to live a fulfilled life, as independently as possible. Locals who have visited their quirky café and upcycling workshop, Changing Perceptions on Godalming High Street, or volunteered with The Meath will have experienced a glimpse of the impressive work that goes on every day at this remarkable care home. But how can a relatively small, local charity be heard outside of the local area in a sea of voices of national charities? Post pandemic, the need to attract support will be greater than ever for charities.
Rolling into shot in answer to this question, is a joyously life-affirming short film from The Meath. In under one minute, it manages to subvert common perceptions of disability and empowers its protagonist to remind us that life is for living to the full. Afterall, if the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that we must seize life’s opportunities and remind ourselves that we are capable of more!
The film was shot on location all in one day, at the wooded Hampton Estate in Seale, courtesy of supporters Bridget and Bill Biddell in early March 2020. The Meath had been fortunate enough to benefit from some wonderful pro-bono advice from advertising creatives who also pulled industry strings to produce the professional film with them at a fraction of the cost; many people volunteered to get this little film on the road. Star of the film Sean, a resident at The Meath explained that he is proud to have made the film as it shows that people who have a disability can exceed expectations. Momentarily casting aside his role in this important messaging, he could not quite resist adding “I also love how cool I look driving the roller!”
Tania Cantoni, Head of Fundraising & Marketing at The Meath commented that “Epilepsy, in many ways, remains the underdog in the charity sector. It has a long way to go too in terms of being understood, and sadly there is still a sense of stigma attached to it in some cases.”
Please view the film here: https://t.co/RR0xZtCphN
The Meath is committed to increasing awareness of epilepsy and disability within the local area, but perhaps this little film with a big message can give the charity a chance to shout louder, a chance to be heard from further afield. View their new film ‘Capable of More’, along with an accompanying short film about the making of it which features lots of the people they support at www.meath.org.uk