Due to a car accident I was involved in as a child, I have always walked with a noticeable limp.
It generally does not affect my day-to-day health - except I am, and have been, bullied due to the limp.
Mainly the bullying involved taunting and name calling, but often it would upset me so much that I would cry myself to sleep.
This is why I am working with Fixers to create a film which will show the real damage caused by bullying.
I hope people will watch the film, understand the effects of bullying, and stop inflicting this abuse on others. It is not nice and can cause real damage.
Here is a list of Fixers helping me with my Fix:
Gaynor Faye, Soap Actress
During the course of my film, soap star Gaynor Faye supported my project, speaking about how she was bullied through school too:
“The worst one was the high school. On my first day there was a group of girls and they sat on the wall as we were walking through the gate, deciding who they were going to pick on.
“They literally made my life a misery for three years through school.
“When it comes to bullying, you can either sink or swim. You can either be the victim or you can be the bullied and overcome it while at the same time becoming stronger.
“I found acting really helped — you can become someone else."
Joanne Curtis and Nicky Greenan supported my Fix by offering advice towards the project and, in their capacity as youth workers, helped me throughout.
Kate Jones, School Councillor from Leeds: 'Curtis, I am so impressed with you standing up as an example of a victim of bullying. I wish you all my good wishes and lots of luck for your future.'
I sat down with Gaynor Faye to discuss my campaign. The story was featured on page 20 of City Dweller Magazine.
My broadcast story was shown on ITV and received a lot of positive attention.
My story was also featured in the Yorkshire Post. You can read the article here.
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