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St Patrick’s College Armagh Students donate to help their new Buddy!

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Reverend Father Kevin Donaghy Principle of St Patrick’s College Armagh presented a cheque for £500 to Brendan McConville, Chairman of The Buddy Bear Trust, a local charity which specialises in helping children severely disabled by cerebral palsy and other motor disorders.

Father Donaghy and staff with year the help of year 8 pupils responded to the request sent out all schools for support for publicity and funds to maintain the only conductive education school teaching children with cerebral palsy.

Mr McConville used the opportunity to address the assembly to explain about the work of the Buddy Bear Trust School and show extracts of the new information video, made by video journalist Barbara McCann, which shows the efforts that children with cerebral palsy put into achieving what we often take for granted.

Staff and pupils said it was a very powerful visual image which impacted on them and made them realise just how important it is to help children from as young as possible. The students were impressed by the achievements of past Buddy Bear School pupil Daniel Murphy from Newry who won Silver Medal for Ireland at the Special Olympics, despite his major disabilities caused by cerebral palsy.

Mr McConville, Chairman and former Education Officer, said “I would like to thank the school and students for their generosity and I hope that other schools will join with us in helping children who simply want to be able to do what we take for granted.  We need to raise over £150,000 per year to maintain the services offered by the Buddy Bear Trust School and we have to rely mainly on the support from others, support from local schools and the wider community is essential.

There are no miracles but some children who were given little hope now live more independent lives through the Buddy Bear School”.

The Buddy Bear Trust intends to show the information video to more schools and give them the opportunity of including The Buddy Bear School in their charitable donations and fundraising activities

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