TV presenter Rav Wilding opens up about life-long battle with brain disorder

Rav Wilding has revealed he was diagnosed with a motor-skills disorder after struggling throughout his life.

The 41-year-old former Crimewatch host said that taking part in a new craft competition programme was difficult for him because of the way his brain works due to having dyspraxia, also known as developmental coordination disorder (DCD).

Speaking to the Press Association, Rav revealed: "I've got this thing called dyspraxia, so I have a hand-eye co-ordination disorder.

"I'm dyslexic as well, but dyspraxia is kind of like dyslexia with your hands."

This has meant that Rav, who recently starred in ITV's The All New Monty: Who Bares Wins, has difficulty with anything intricate.

Rav continued: "My brain just does not work that way. And the only way I can do anything is if I can see it, visualise it, literally see it with my eyes, what I am supposed to do…

"It's just the way my brain works. It was kind of tricky."

Dyspraxia affects the planning and processing of movements and coordination as a result of brain messages not being accurately transmitted to the body, although the causes are not fully understood.

Wilding stars in Channel 4's new daytime show hosted by Kirstie Allsopp Kirstie's Celebrity Craft Masters, which puts celebrities to the test with a number of craft-based challenges, including embroidery, pottery and crochet.

Despite the challenges he faced, Wilding said he did not take the programme too seriously as it was "a bit of fun, a laugh and a family show".

Rav added: "It wasn't the hardest thing in the world that I could ever do, but that sometimes gets frustrating.

"I used to find it really hard when I was at school and I couldn't do things that everyone else could do really easily.

"I've always struggled with it and just sort of battled on, and it wasn't until I had a formal medical diagnosis a couple of years ago, and they said the extent of what I had and it all made sense. The things I've always struggled with, that's why."

Rav is now keen to bring the effects of dyspraxia to more people by producing a documentary about the condition, as well as the effects of dyslexia.

He continued: "Since I was formally diagnosed a couple years ago, I've researched it quite a bit and there's so much that I genuinely didn't know about this.

"It doesn't mean you're not as clever as anyone else, it doesn't mean that at all, it just means your brain works in a slightly different way.

"And what it typically means is you excel in other areas that those don't. It's a good thing.

"I've been working a little bit on that to see if I can get that off the ground."

*Kirstie's Celebrity Craft Masters starts on Channel 4 on July 1.

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