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Plinth fame for Shropshire woman
Nikki Kenward
Nikki Kenward warned of the perils of assisted suicide

Shropshire's Nikki Kenward was celebrating after her performance on top of the 'fourth plinth' in London's Trafalgar Square on 12 September.

She was one of thousands of people who applied to take part in artist Anthony Gormley's One & Other project.

Participants are able to do anything they want, as long as it is legal.

Many people have chosen to highlight a particular issue. Mrs Kenward chose to create a piece of theatre to air her concerns about assisted suicide.

Nikki Kenward has used a wheelchair for 20 years, since contracting Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a disease which affects the nervous system.

She said she had considered many aspects of disability to highlight during her hour on the plinth but had eventually settled for assisted dying: "For quite a few people in society, the elderly, people with mental illness, especially people with disabilities, it's a very scary road to go down."

Mrs Kenward took a gallows with her onto the plinth to illustrate her concerns about assisted suicide, while her husband Merv and the son Alf distributed leaflets to the public gathered below.

Mr Kenward said his wife was uncharacteristically nervous when they got to Trafalgar Square: "She was quite a bit stressed and worried about the height of the plinth."

Every hour, for 24 hours a day for 100 days without a break the plinth will be occupied by a member of the public.




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