Man 'giving up his life' after watching Britain's Got Talent

Harin Ellis has launched several campaigns
-Credit: (Image: Andrew Teebay Liverpool Echo)

A man says he has “given up his life” to fight injustice.

Harin Ellis was born prematurely in Thailand at 27 weeks, and weighing only 1lbs. Harin’s parents were told by doctors he would “not survive” but he did.

Now 23, he lives in Garston. In 2020, Harin was watching Britain’s Got Talent when he saw Sing Along With Us, a sign language and singing act who finished as runner-up in that series.

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Harin told the ECHO he was “inspired to start fighting” for the rights of disabled people after seeing them perform. He has previously urged Liverpool City Council to make its Christmas markets more wheelchair friendly.

Harin said the location of the markets on the steps of St George’s Plateau makes it impossible for him to access and he has launched a petition to highlight the issue.

Harin has also argued that more hotel rooms should include a profiling bed and a ceiling hoist, which disabled people like Harin need to sleep. He often travels to other cities for gigs, but has frequently had to travel back to Liverpool straight after the gig has finished because of a lack of accessible hotel rooms.

Despite these hobbies, Harin says activism is taking up more and more of his time. It’s a sacrifice he’s more than willing to make.

Harin said: “Since I’ve been a campaigner, I’ve seen loads of things. One example is that I've waited 5 hours for a taxi just because I’m a wheelchair user.

Harin Ellis wants to support other causes to improve the lives of those with disabilities
Harin Ellis wants to support other causes to improve the lives of those with disabilities -Credit:Andrew Teebay Liverpool Echo

“These campaigns are basically my whole life now. I don’t think I would be able to find something else to do. I’ve given up my life to make changes. It’s my dream.”

Since he first spoke out about his thoughts on the Christmas markets last year, Harin says he has been working closely with the council to make them more accessible. He said: “It feels fantastic because I know if I'm able to make those changes, it'll make a big difference to not just me but to a lot of other people.”

A website has now been set up for Harin’s work. Designed by Constellation Marketing Solutions, it not only showcases his activism but invites others to start campaigns of their own about improving the lives of people with disabilities with media resources, relevant organisations and a contact form.

Harin said: “My aim is to allow other people to jump on board and maybe share their story. I would live for people to try and contact me via my Instagram or my website. It’s my dream to help.”

Harin feels proud of what he’s achieved given what doctors told his parents when he was born. He said: “It feels crazy. It’s all thanks to other people really. The inspiration, the love, the kindness, it’s all thanks to them.”

You can find out more about Harin’s work here.

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