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A charming film made with funding from the Lady Hoare Trust for Disabled Children, subtitled 'a film profile about the children today,' which looks at how children affected by thalidomide can best be incorporated into society and encouraged to lead as normal a life as possible. Includes footage of Lady Hoare herself addressing a small group of people, intercut with shots from Chailey Heritage Craft School and Hospital, and a film narrated by George Chatterton documenting a small group of different thalidomide children as they engage in activities like ballet, pony riding, eating, dressing and fitting into school life. The film is full of many interesting and moving sequences but particularly notable is the school PE lesson in which Tony Ashton, a four-limb deficient thalidomider, joins in whilst singing 'I've Got No Strings' and the closing sequence in which a group of thalidomide children drive electric cars made by Drivabout Ltd., prior to the advent of electric wheelchairs which would become, for many, a lifeline.


UK : William Hamer Productions Ltd., 1969.

Physical description

1 DVD (25 min.) : sound, black & white and colour, PAL

Copyright note

Lady Hoare Trust

Creator/production credits

Narrated by George Chatterton. Produced by William Hamer Productions Ltd. Sponsored by The Lady Hoare Trust for Thalidomide and Other Physically Disabled Children.



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  • Copy 2

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