FOUR chapters of the Fermanagh Masons held a dinner dance raising £1500 for the Buddy Bear Trust School based in Dungannon.
The Buddy Bear Trust School offers internationally recognised conductive education for children with complex and profound education needs. It is the only school in Northern Ireland providing this service which has over the past 25 years helped many children with severe disabilities develop skills which allows them to integrate with able children and in some cases to secure jobs and independent lives.
Accepting a cheque of £1500 from Mrs Claire Mimnagh whose son Daniel attends the Buddy Bear School, Brendan McConville, Chairman of the school thanked the four Chapters - Ederney 819, Barton 220, Irvingstown2 77, and Kipling Newporton.
Brendan, a former Education Officer said the donation is much appreciated and deeply valued by the parents, Principal and staff of the Buddy Bear Trust School.
“It is only the good work of charitable groups such as clubs, firms and schools and organisations like the Masons in Fermanagh that is allowing children to receive the world class help provided by the staff at Buddy Bear Trust.”
Claire Mimnagh who travels almost 100 miles every day to take her son to the school has nothing but praise for the Principal Conductor and the staff.
Daniel has made unbelievable progress in Dungannon since he enrolled in the school over two years ago, according to Claire.
Claire and other parents have called on John O’Dowd, Education Minister and various Education Boards to directly fund the school.
Brendan added: “We know that with the joint support of Health and Education Ministers we could work in close partnership with the excellent staff in special schools to provide an option for children with complex learning needs.”
Donations can be sent directly to the school or via www.justgiving.com/buddybeartrust.
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