Harvey Price has been announced as an ambassador for the charity Mencap and hopes to use the platform to help other young people like him.
The 18-year-old, who was born with Prader-Willi syndrome, septic-optic dysplasia, autism and a learning disability, is looking forward to working with the charity.
He said: ‘I am so happy to be a Mencap ambassador. I want to do good things with the charity like stop online trolling and be a voice for young people like me. I can’t wait!’
Harvey’s mum, Katie Price, told PA: ‘Now Harvey is 18, he is becoming a man and growing in confidence and independence.
‘It has been Harvey’s dream to be a role model to young people with complex needs across the UK, and to use his profile to raise awareness.
‘I am thrilled that Harvey has become an ambassador for Mencap. Mencap does fantastic work campaigning against inequalities, supporting people to live the lives they want to and bringing about change in attitudes towards people like my son.
‘I am so proud to see him take on this role and I can’t wait to see what he will achieve with Mencap.’
Katie and Harvey recently shared an insight into the teen’s day-to-day life in their BBC documentary, Harvey & Me, showing the obstacles he has had to overcome and his transition into college.
The pair received high praise for the documentary, which aired in January, and the charity were keen to get the pair involved in raising awareness.
Edel Harris, chief executive of Mencap, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Harvey Price as our ambassador.
‘Harvey is already doing some great work to tackle online bullying and raise awareness of what life is like when you have a learning disability.
‘We are pleased to be working with him to help increase the visibility of people with a learning disability across the media and society to help transform attitudes and to do our bit to ensure that the UK is the best place in the world to live for people with a learning disability.
‘We look forward to unveiling our exciting plans with Harvey very soon.’
As well as working with Mencap, Katie and Harvey have long been campaigning for Harvey’s Law to ensure online trolls are prosecuted for the vile abuse he and others have received on social media.
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