Angry mother, 38, blasts comedian Russell Howard for mocking her 12-year-old disabled daughter's £40,000 access ramp

  • Comedian Russell Howard mocked £40,000 ten-level access ramp at home in Dumbartonshire, Scotland 
  • Clare Lally, 38, said it was 'worst feeling ever' to hear the audience laugh at her and her daughter's expense
  • The ramp has been installed for her 12-year-old disabled daughter, Katie, who is in a wheelchair 

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A mother has criticised Russell Howard after he mocked her disabled 12-year-old daughter's £40,000 ten-level home access ramp on his Sky TV show. 

Clare Lally, 38, said it was the 'worst feeling ever' to hear the audience laugh at the structure installed by the local council at their home in Duntocher, Dunbartonshire. 

The 60ft ramp was built for her daughter Katie, who is in a wheelchair, but the comedian joked that 'the only good thing' about the ramp was, 'not getting bothered by Jehovah's Witnesses.'

Clare Lally, 38, said it was the 'worst feeling ever' to hear the audience laugh at the structure installed for her daughter Katie

Clare Lally, 38, said it was the 'worst feeling ever' to hear the audience laugh at the structure installed for her daughter Katie 

The 60ft ramp was built for Ms Lally's 12-year-old daughter Katie, who is in a wheelchair

The 60ft ramp was built for Ms Lally's 12-year-old daughter Katie, who is in a wheelchair 

Ms Lally hit back at Howard, telling him her daughter was, 'not the butt of people's jokes'.

In his stand-up, Howard joked: 'Can you imagine what that'd be like if you forgot your wallet?

'The only good thing about that [ramp], you're not getting bothered by Jehovah's Witnesses.' 

The mother-of-two later wrote on Twitter: 'Seeing your home appear on TV and folk laughing is the worst feeling ever.

'I'm truly upset at your remarks and jokes about our ramp at our home.

'Firstly, it's for my disabled daughter, it's her life and her way of getting in and out her home.

'If this gives you and your audience a laugh at my daughter's expense, then shame on you and everyone that laughed.

'I really thought you were one of the good guys, truly gutted watching you laugh at my disabled child.'

Russell Howard joked that 'the only good thing' about the ramp was, 'not getting bothered by Jehovah's Witnesses'

Russell Howard joked that 'the only good thing' about the ramp was, 'not getting bothered by Jehovah's Witnesses'

She then shared a picture of Katie and her twin sister Holly, who were born prematurely days after Christmas in 2006.

She added: 'She's disabled, Russell, she is not the butt of people's jokes. She is the most strongest, loving person in the world.' 

The 'slalem-style' ramp was installed by the council in 2014, after Ms Lally campaigned for two years for better access for her daughter. 

But she said youngsters then began using it as a skate board run. The council refused to install a gate, citing health and safety concerns.  

A Russell Howard Hour spokesman said: 'We have spoken to the family and, at their request, we have no further comment on this matter, but on an important related note we would like to take this opportunity to again highlight the ongoing problems many disabled people have regarding access to buildings and transport in the UK.'

Mother slams Russell Howard for mocking 12-year-old disabled daughter

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