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BBC2 Documentary airs poignant life changing journey


Sean Neilson , 26 ,  is best known for his Glasgow based work in TV and Radio , but his documentary Explore Stories ,which airs on Weds 21st March BBC2 at 7pm, will show him in a different role, as a volunteer worker  who travelled over 8000 miles to Chinag Mai Thailand to work with children who suffer from Cerebral Palsy, ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s, Down Syndrome and Foetal Alcohol Syndrome.

In May 2011 he applied for Magnus Magnusson Scholarship at Glasgow Caledonian University to allow him to make this journey, and on being awarded this funding made this trip to the other side of the world, ” I want to make a difference , to make someone smile, to make someones day, to help others and to be a citizen of the world”

He was asked by the BBC if they could make his  inspirational journey from his home in Glasgow to Chiang Mai in Thailand  into an on screen journal.

Sean’s journey was all the more poignant as his main motivation and inspiration was his younger brother , Ryan who was born in 1987 with Cerebral Palsy and could not walk, talk or even sit up on his own.  In 2000, at the age of 12 , Ryan passed away at home after a long battle with ongoing health issues relating to his condition.

At the age of 14 Sean produced the first ever Bereavement Magazine for children who were in the same position as he was , who had lost someone who enriched their lives,  to help them celebrate their memories and to cope with their loss at such a young age.

 “The trip changed my life in so many ways and allowed me to believe in myself and believe that I could cherish Ryan’s memory by doing something good in the world”