A note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring, and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… Major retailers have backed the launch of the UK’s first “accessible shopping day”, which will see businesses promise to introduce new measures to benefit their disabled customers.Purple Tuesday, to be held on 13 November, is being led by Purple, the social enterprise formerly known as Essex Coalition of Disabled People.It has secured backing from businesses and organisations including Asda, Barclays, Argos, Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury’s, The Crown Estate, the British Retail Consortium, and Hammerson, which owns Birmingham’s Bullring shopping centre, and has been endorsed by the government.As well as endorsing and promoting Purple Tuesday, every organisation that signs up must make at least one long-term commitment aimed at improving the experience for their disabled customers, such as introducing regular “quiet hours” for neurodiverse shoppers.Purple will provide retailers that sign up with a training kit to help staff feel confident in assisting disabled shoppers.It believes there are a “vast array” of adjustments that can be made by retailers that will have a “significant impact”, and many – like the training kit – can be introduced quickly.Any business or organisation that interacts with disabled customers can sign up to Purple Tuesday, which will also promote the need for accessible retail websites.Mike Adams (pictured), chief executive of Purple, said: “Less than 10 per cent of companies have a dedicated strategy for targeting disabled customers.“Fundamentally, Purple Tuesday isn’t about a single day in the year but encouraging lasting change that creates a virtuous circle between businesses and disabled consumers.”Earlier this year, a report co-authored by Adams, Leading From The Front, found the estimated value of the “purple pound” – the collective spending power of disabled people in the UK and their families – to be £249 billion a year.The report said that three-quarters of disabled people had walked away from a business because of poor disability awareness – costing businesses £420 million a week – while inaccessible websites and apps cost £11.75 billion in lost revenue in the UK in 2016.It also pointed out that fewer than one in 10 businesses have a defined strategy for targeting disabled consumers.Purple Tuesday has evolved from a campaign launched by Purple last year, Help Me Spend My Money, which encouraged retail and hospitality businesses to provide disability equality training to their in-store staff and take other measures such as providing an accessible website.Sarah Newton, the minister for disabled people, said: “Shopping should be a pleasant experience, but for many disabled people it can often be the cause of distress and frustration.“By failing to cater to their disabled customers, many businesses are missing out on billions of pounds and denying disabled people the opportunity to enjoy something which many people take for granted.“I look forward to working alongside Purple and members of my Disability Retail Forum on this hugely important agenda, highlighting examples of best practice in the retail sector and encouraging others to make small changes which can make a massive difference to their customers.”
“It was a fantastic game of rugby league,” he said. “I saw some highlights of the Grand Final clashes over the years in the build up and it delivered for us again.“For us to come through and win, it was great. Some people pointed out we hadn’t won one in eight years so to win today was great for the players, club, the fans and town. I was very proud to watch the boys win today.“Both teams were run off their feet and we just hung on in there. It is hard to single anyone out and there were lots of good performances. It was a cracking game.”He continued: “Towards the back end of the game you could see both teams were out but I thought there was another try in the game. I was really happy with the play – Ryan Morgan made a break down the right to start it off and I think for their instinct to just say play was the right decision.“We missed a couple of chances but to their credit Wigan scrambled well.“I have been proud of the boys all season so for Wigan to get their noses in front and for us to stick to it and come through is great.”Saints are next in action on Monday when they travel to Widnes (3:05pm) before they host Hull FC on April 6.Tickets for that clash are now on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.
Saints were ahead in only the second minute due to a fabulous try from full back Tom Nisbett.Lewis Dodd’s cut-out pass put Nisbett away on a 50 metre run down the left flank. As he approached his opposite number he had the option of passing out to Jumah Sambou on the wing, but chose instead to use his winger as a foil dummying to him and strolling the last 20 metres to the posts.On quarter time Dodd was again the instigator against his home town club this time putting the ever willing Matty Foster through a yawning gap. He took it to the fullback passing inside to the supporting Keenan McDaid. The hooker had 20 metres of open field, but stumbled before the line. In the act of doing so he miraculously flipped the pass out to Kye Siyani to score, again under the posts.The Vikings capitalised on some missed opportunities for Saints by scoring out wide through Jacob Dugdale with minutes to go to the break after a try saver from Nisbett a tackle earlier.The start of the second period saw the game turned on its head in the opening 10 minutes as the Vikings went ahead, scoring twice thanks to tries from Bradley Calland and Declan Baker.Foster unfortunately knocked on on with line open, before the Vikings stretched their advantage with their fourth try of the match on the hour mark with a score from Daniel Hill.The turning point came with nine minutes to go as the Vikings, having bombed another try minutes earlier, hit the posts with a drop goal attempt which would have put them two scores ahead.The Vikings were by now out becoming increasingly tired and only just managed to hold Foster up over the line on the last. Great line speed saw the Saints get a repeat set pushing the Vikings back over their own line on the first tackle.Nisbett and Pye drove the ball in and from the play the ball Dodd’s show and go down the left saw him round the cover on his way to the corner.Unfortunately his conversion went narrowly wide leaving the Saints still behind by two.But Saints showed great maturity from the kick off by not panicking but going through the process driving deep into the heart of the Vikings.On the last, the ball was spread to the right were Captain Sam Royle went around the cover on a 30 metre run to the fullback. He calmly looked inside before passing to the returning Joe Sharratt to go the final 20 metres to touch down in front of the Saints fans who had gathered for the triple header at the Totally Wicked Stadium.He was rightly congratulated by his team mates who hung on in the final two minutes for the win.Saints U19’s:Team: Tom Nisbet; John Hutchings, Nico Rizzelli, Josh Simm, Jumah Sambou; Ryan Horne, Lewis Dodd; Jamie Pye, Paul Nash, Kye Siyani, Matty Foster, Lewis Baxter, Sam Royle (C).Interchanges: Keenan McDaid, Harry Brooks, Joe Sharratt, Warren Smith.Tries: Tom Nisbett (2), Kye Siyani (19), Lewis Dodd (74), Joe Sharratt (77).Goals: Lewis Dodd 3 from 4.Widnes Vikings U19’s:Team: Daniel Hill; Oliver Brooks, Billy Glover, Joe Edge, Liam Barnes; Jacob Dugdale, Lewis Else; Jordan Brown, Jake Burns, William Tilleke, Bradley Calland, Joshua Wilde, Ben Davies.Interchanges: Ciaran O’Donnell, Declan Baker, Robbie Ascroft, Alfie Cassidy.Tries: Jacob Dugdale (34), Bradley Calland (42), Declan Baker (49), Daniel Hill (62).Goals: Joe Edge 1 from 4.HT: 12-4FT: 22-18