"I'm not going to restrict my own physicality because someone is uncomfortable with it – they're just going to have to deal with it."
Cerrie was born with one hand but has not let that stop her from going after her goals. When she started working for Cbeebies in January 2009 the channel received complaints that she was scaring children. But she rose above it and refused to wear long sleeves as the restricted her movement. She felt it was important to raise awareness of disability.
"We're fabulous in this country at celebrating diversity. We flag up our differences and embrace them. But actually inclusion for me is when those difference lose all of their relevance, and actually what we have in common is what shines through."
Cerrie decided aged 9 that she would never again wear a prosthetic arm and she never has. She made the decision that if it affected her getting work she would just have to deal with it. She gave birth to her daughter 3 months before she got the job and is a single mother. When reading to her daughter she realised that there was not a lot of mixed race faces in picture books and so she wrote one herself. Snowflakes is about a little girl who moves from the city to live with her grandmother in the country. She feels out of place because she looks different to the other children but one night it snows and she realises that all the snowflakes are different and they are all perfect.
She tries to bring diversity and acceptance to all her work. And for this reason she is inspirational
Cerrie's book Snowflakes is available now.