AN AMPUTEE from Charminster says that he wants to be a role model for people with disabilities after starring in a national charity’s advertising campaign.
Jack Eyers, 25, who works as a personal trainer, is starring in Scope charity’s posters and an online advert, which parodies the iconic Levi’s laundrette advert, to encourage people to donate 1,000,000 items of clothing in July.
Jack was born with Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency, meaning that his right leg and hip didn’t grow properly, while his hip joint was underdeveloped, meaning that he chose to have his leg amputated aged 16. In the past few years, Jack has starred in several advertising campaigns and played a role in the London 2012 Paralympic Games opening ceremony.
He said: “I’m part of a campaign called Models of Diversity, who are big on getting exposure for people with disabilities.
He added: “To be involved in the Scope campaign is huge.
“I want to become a role model for disabled people, because I am just a person, a ‘Joe Bloggs’, and yet I have been able to do this.
“The Paralympics opening ceremony was incredible. I think that that is where it all started for me, where we had to learn circus skills for three months, including the trapeze, tumbling and more. For the opening ceremony, I had to climb a ladder which was around 10-metres tall and then tumble down in front of about 80,000 people.”
Asked what he wants to do next, Jack said: “I want to be the face of a clothing brand and then it just so happens that I only have one leg.
“I never imagined as a boy that I could be a model.”