Strictly’s Craig Revel Horwood uses Newham crutch
PUBLISHED: 13:45 13 November 2013
Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood was back on TV just days after a major hit operation, thanks to the help of a Forest Gate designer.
Theresa Kelly, 44, born and raised in Strone Road before attending St Ursuline Convent, designed a special diamante-encrusted crutch for the show’s Mr Nasty to model on the BBC.
Currently working on the set of Johnny Depp film, Mortdaci, she was delighted with the attention her creation received.
“I saw Johnny in the bath on-set last week, but I was far more excited seeing our crutch on Strictly,” she said.
“When I look around at people with disabilities, some of what they have to put up with is more than depressing so to have something a bit fun and tongue-in-cheek on TV is great.
“We’re all so proud of what the Paralympics achieved last year but I think some of that has faded into the background again.”
Ms Kelly, who has previously worked with the likes of Madonna, was enlisted by mobility specialists Essentialaids to inject a bit of glamour into their products.
The crutch received warm enthusiasm from Mr Revel Howrwood’s colleagues with judges Bruno Tonioli exclaiming: “Look how glamorous it is!’ and host Claudia Winkleman gushing: ‘It’s so gorgeous!’
Panto fans will see the Australia-born personality model another walking aid in a cross-dressing portrayal of the Wicked Queen in Snow White at Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea this December.
Ms Kelly added: “We sent Craig an amazing zimmer-frame which is far more beautiful than the crutch itself which he’ll be using in his Christmas pantomime.”
A similar frame crutch can be bought from essentiaids.com priced £169.99, while a sparkly crutch costs £129.99.
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