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Young Cancer Sufferer Shocked By Concert Officials

Friday June 13 2014

Amy Usher Amy Usher

A YOUNG woman suffering from inoperable cancer has been left disgusted by the treatment she received from officials organising a pop concert.

Amy Usher, 21, of Willow Road, Wath, bought standing tickets to attend One Direction’s weekend gig at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester a year ago.

Following what appeared to be a successful operation, Amy felt that she’d able to attend, but the cancer in her throat recurred, leaving Amy and sister Beth, 23, with the task of trying to swap their tickets for ones in the disabled section.

Amy said the initial response she got was "shocking", before officials finally relented and allowed them to see the concert in the disabled section - which they had also paid for.

She said: "I was told initially that because I didn’t require a wheelchair that I wasn’t disabled. Basically what they said is that only people in wheelchairs can be in the disabled section.

“All we were asking for was a chair. We weren’t trying to meet the band or anything.

“I was also told that if I was going to have these sorts of issues then I probably shouldn’t bother coming.

"I have a disabled badge in my car. I can’t stand up for any long period of time because I start to feel shattered.”

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Reply Posted by keith on Friday June 13 2014 at 12:26
Thats pretty downright disgusting, who do these people think they are ?

Reply Posted by jenny on Friday June 13 2014 at 14:09
geez these people need to get a grip and realize that disabilities come in all sorts of forms not only those in a wheelchair.

Reply Posted by Margaret on Friday June 13 2014 at 14:21
That's disgusting who are these people to dictate to you wether you should attend or not you have as much right as someone who is not disabled hope your feeling ok love

Reply Posted by Observer on Friday June 13 2014 at 14:35
You shoulda pointed out that one of the bands members mother was at barnsley hospital not long ago receiving treatment. Thing is. Stw
Ewards think theyre gods at concerts

Reply Posted by louis on Friday June 13 2014 at 16:02
I don't understand what relevance the mother of one of the band member was having treatment in Barnsley has to do with the story, she had a baby. the band members do not make the rules, it is the uneducated stewards.

Reply Posted by Geoff and Gillian Goodyear on Friday June 13 2014 at 15:48
These people should be taught a lesson by making it more public and shaming them !!!

Reply Posted by Rubydoo on Friday June 13 2014 at 19:31
They should hang their heads in shame treating this young lady so badly. Disgusted and disappointed in them.

Reply Posted by Big brother is watching you on Friday June 13 2014 at 22:45
Just don't get it when ayoung lady with cancer gets refused entry into the disabled part of a concert all hell lets loose. But when a person with untreatable cancer goes for her medical at atos works and. Pensions and told she's not disabled enough for e.s.a support so she losers her benefits nothing said. I have every sympathy for the young lady having suffered cancer in the past my self but highlighting this and not what the ministry of works and pensions are doing to the disabled and chronically ill is a disgrace

Reply Posted by king louis on Sunday June 15 2014 at 19:06
If someone cannot sit on a normal seat and requires a wheelchair then these places are there for those people to be wheeled in. People who can sit in a normal seat and are not sitting in a wheelchair cannot really sit in the wheelchair section because there are no seats. To fit seats in the place defeats the object (like painting out a disabled bay). Concert seats have to be fitted by law so bringing in a chair is simply not acceptable.

Reply Posted by Ozzy on Sunday June 15 2014 at 19:21
Discriminating against the disabled is also against the law and yet it happens every day.
It doesn't make it right though , does it?

Reply Posted by Amy on Sunday June 15 2014 at 20:50
It wasn't the disabled section we were particularly asking for - it was a seat, anywhere in the stadium, it was them who refused us seating anywhere, these comments are just highlighting the narrow mindedness of certain people! It's nothing like painting over a disabled bay, please understand the story before commenting and realise how hurtful you are potentially being

Reply Posted by murk on Monday June 16 2014 at 13:25
Unfortunately, the article doesn't make that clear. In the article (which is the only way people have of 'understanding the story') it states that you were faced with "the task of trying to swap their tickets for ones in the disabled section."
So that does suggest you were trying to get into the disabled section.
I'm sure that you're upset about it, unfortunately WAB is not the place to come for sympathy. Many of the posters are intensely logical about everything and their points are as valid as yours.
I don't dispute that you are disabled if you struggle to stand for long period - cancer is an awful disease and you are perfectly entitled to ask for a seat if you need one but it's unfair to suggest that people are being hurtful to suggest that you didn't need the disabled section, just a seat.

Reply Posted by Holly on Sunday June 15 2014 at 21:03
God some people have no heart... I can imagine Amy and her sister paid a lot of money for those tickets and surely the stewards and staff felt it appropriate that they could help! It wasn't a huge request!!! Disableddoesnt just mean you're in a wheel chair! Guys think how you would feel if this was you or one of your loved ones! It is unacceptable regardless x

Reply Posted by Natalie on Monday June 16 2014 at 02:32
This is disgusting some people just don't care about anybody there's a majority of wheelchair uses these days that don't need a wheelchair but cn have disabled badges and benefits but a young girl with a perfectly good reason to have just a seat for her illness and to enjoy a show she as paid to see like everyone is wrong take it further because I certainly would x

Reply Posted by FREDA on Monday June 16 2014 at 10:39
Doesn't this girl have enough to contend with without some Jobsworth treating her in such a fashion. How would they feel if a member of their family were treated so badly.

Reply Posted by /xpe on Monday June 16 2014 at 19:45
OMG this is disgusting... all it would or should have taken was some sort of proof of disability "ie" copy of the disabled badge, if it was someone obese, to big to stand there would have been no problem, just about sums up the way of Britain these days, shocking behaviour from stewards or the organisers who ever failed to use the part of the brain that e all have "common sense2 and empathy!!!