Chris Edmondson (died 13/05/19) Advocate and Activist of Disabled Peoples Rights.

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It is with great sadness that we hear that our dear colleague and fellow Chris Edmondson died recently following a traffic accident. We worked alongside Chris as colleagues, he was the treasurer of YILN, but also as friends and shared with him a vision for society where disabled people were celebrated, enabled and included.

Chris joined YILN as treasurer over eight years ago following him completing his degree.  Chris was a fabulous support to us all, both practically and empathically.  Always willing to pick you up in his van as well as taking a keen interest in what was going on for you in your life, and offering balanced and constructive reflections. He was funny with a great sense of humour and a lovely smile, interested in politics and forever planning ways to make things more accessible and fair.

Chris was involved in a range of community activities and civic forums, such as the Equality Advisory Group.  He also was involved in work to improve support around direct payments, supporting individuals as well as helping to shape local policy. And Chris was very suited to this as he had an excellent understanding of the impact of both attitudes and environment on the life chances, opportunities and potential of disabled people.  His lived experience as a disabled person and his take on how change could be brought about made him an excellent advocate and activist.

As we fondly remember our friend and colleague we are reminded that, while some progress has been made around the profile and inclusion of disabled people in York, there is still much to do as Chris was always reminding us.  We hope that in remembering we can further some of the change needed that Chris was so very focused on.

The funeral service will take place at Holy Trinity Church, Acaster Malbis, York, on Wednesday, June 5th, 2019, at 11:30am, followed by a private cremation. Family flowers only please but if so desired donations in lieu of flowers for Martin House Children’s Hospice and Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Further details here – https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/announcements/deaths/deaths/17661403.CHRISTOPHER_CHARLES_EDMONDSON/

Our thoughts and love to Chris’ family and friends.

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