We were thrilled to welcome film and television stars, Warwick and Annabelle Davis to Belmont last month! Joined by fellow actor and brother of Mrs Matthews, Simeon Dyer, they hosted a special assembly to talk to us about dwarfism and their charity Little People UK. Their visit was arranged at quite short notice, so we were unable to make a prior announcement - the children were so excited when they found out!
Warwick, who has featured in blockbuster films such as Star Wars and Harry Potter, was born with a rare form of dwarfism called Spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita (SED), and co-founded the charity alongside his wife Samantha in 2011 to raise awareness of dwarfism. During the assembly, the children had the opportunity to ask lots of questions as well as find out how he and Annabelle became involved in acting.
In an interview with the Grantham Journal, Mr Davidson said: “We already have a connection with Little People UK as one of our teachers brother’s has dwarfism and is involved with the charity. We wanted to take the opportunity to build further on our school ‘inclusive’ ethos and enhance the children’s understanding of being different and highlighting that we are all the same inside and that we should support one another. Many of the children recognised Annabelle as she is currently appearing in CBBC’s The Dumping Ground."
After their visit, the school was buzzing with excitement for the rest of the week! A Year 6 pupil said: “I thought it was really interesting to learn about what life is like for someone who is smaller. We heard amazing things that Warwick has achieved but also about his experience as a child and we heard how he got picked on as he looked different.”