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Banbridge Lions Club support Buddy Bear Trust School

Paul Bennington, President of Banbridge Lions Club

Children with cerebral palsy at the Buddy Bear Trust School in Dungannon will benefit from the generosity and endeavours of the members of Banbridge Lions Club said Brendan McConville, Chairman of the Trust.  Children attend the Buddy Bear School from ouside Banbridge, Armagh, Omagh, near Enniskillen and Coleraine

Not only will the children who have to confront the crippling effects of cerebral palsy every day but their parents will delighted to know that others care for their children who need early intervention and focused teaching if they are to gain greater independence.

“The generous donation will help the Trust which is a charity reach its target of £100,000 which enables it to help some full time and part time pupils. We need more clubs, schools and firms to help us keep this unique special school open while we try to make Conductive Education part of the state system and an option for parents.  The donation from the Lions, the generosity of the summer Golf Event and the support from Banbridge Grammar school has already informed parents of young children that additional help is available,” said Brendan McConville as he received a cheque for £500 from President Paul Bennington.

We value the efforts of the members of the Lions Club as we know how difficult it is to raise funds at the present time but thankfully our community are very generous.  We really appreciate the help and support we receive from schools across the country who are happy to work in partnership with us  to help our school which was established by the community in 1993 as an independent special school which welcomes children regardless of race, creed or social background.


Mr McConville, former Education Officer praised the vision of the Banbridge Lions particularly for their sterling work with Youth Awards and Youth Exchange which gave young people the opportunity not only to travel and experience different cultures but also to develop as young responsible men and women.  Mr McConville urged them to seek places as members of Governors on Schools. All school need people who are focused on improving educational opportunities and in working with our dedicated and professional staff.

Mr McConville praised the Leo Club members in Banbridge Grammar School for telling the Lion Members about the Buddy Bear Video which is in the process of being finalised by Miss Barbara McCann, film Maker.

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