Heroes of CP: Nath Fernandes – Part 3/4 (Happiness)

This is the third of four parts of our interview with Nath Fernandez. Nath has severe Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy (affecting both arms, and both legs) and associated communication difficulties. In this video Nath talks about where he finds peace and happiness in his life.

Nath has built 2 businesses (and since this interview has gone onto developing his third). His most recent project is Dynamically Awesome, a business providing ‘accessible for all’ teambuilding birthday parties to children aged 6-12.

Dynamically Awesome: http://dynamically-awesome.co.uk/

My stand out moments

The transcript of the interview is as follows:

“For me going out for a walk every day and having that time to myself, just to reflect or whatever, it kind of makes me feel more refreshed when I go back into the house. That makes me happy, and I do mindfulness as well, and that sort of clears my mind, and those are the days when I’m content.

Travelling the world is one of the big things for me, and when I do that I feel like I’m able to just be me.

Even when I’m not traveling somewhere, every day I go out for an hour, even if it’s just around the block. I feel that I need that space to be myself because it’s a different kind of vibe when I’m on my own.

I think because I am kind of friends with all my PA’s on a professional level, but it’s a different kind or relationship, and actually it gives me time to myself which I need every day. Otherwise you go a bit mad if you have 24/7 care.”

An update from Nath about his new business:

Nath Fernandes (who has severe Cerebral Palsy) has since gone onto developing his third business, Dynamically Awesome providing teambuilding birthday parties to children aged 6-12. During these parties, children must work as a team to complete challenges including The Cube and The Labyrinth obtaining keys to unlock a treasure chest full of goodies! The concept stemmed from Nath’s daily experience working with his 12 PAs and the important role that teamwork plays in order to achieve his goals. When Nath was growing up, finding a suitable venue or activity became a challenge in itself; most of the time it was either bowling or the cinema followed by a meal. As a result, one of the aims that Nath set for Dynamically Awesome is to adapt these parties to be ‘accessible for all’ thus this summer he is working closely with a charity to trial some adapted challenges to ensure that participants have the most awesome time ever, after all, that’s what birthday parties are for!