Corporate Partnership Programme
Donate Now
like us on facebook
our gallery

St Patricks Primary School Mayobridge use their talents to support children with cerebral palsy!

The kindness of Primary 7 pupils in Mayobridge touched the hearts of parents of children with cerebral palsy attending the Buddy Bear School in Dungannon. Brendan McConville, Chairman told the Buddy Bear parents that the pupils form St Patricks Primary School in Mayobridge had given them a share of the money they received when the made their Confirmation.

St Patricks Mayobridge Year 7

The generosity of the children and their care for children disabled with cerebral palsy is a credit to Mrs Margaret Ryan Principal and staff of the school and to their parents.

Mr McConville a retired Education Officer and well-known local artist spent a few days in the classroom with the children and school staff demonstrating painting techniques and encouraging children to not be afraid of facing new challenges. Mr McConville gave the children confidence in their new art skills by sharing his mantra that in painting “We don’t make mistakes but have happy accidents”.  

Mrs Ryan, Principal said that the children and staff were moved when they saw part of the new information video that is being made by Barbra McCann for the Buddy Bear Trust, the children could see the effort that other boys and girls of the same age had to make to achieve the simplest of task that we often take for granted such as sitting unaided or holding a spoon.

Thanks to Mr McConville’s expert guidance the paintings were of such a high standard that they went on display during the Confirmation service in the church and featured in the schools display of their pupils work.

Mr McConville is already booked in to return next term and one pupil followed up with an e-mail, “Dear Mr McConville you came to our school today St Patricks Primary School Mayobridge all of my friends love you. I wish you the very best in your school and I hope our money will do you very best Good luck :-)”

McConville, Chairman and former Education Officer, said “I would like to thank the school and parents 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”.

Text BEAR25 £3 to 70070 to donate to Buddy Bear Trust and make a difference today

or click here to set up a regular donation

Recent News

SWC Sports students at Dungannon Campus are fundraising for Buddy Bear

Matthew Calvert and Jordan Holland with Brendan McConville
Second year students level 3 sports at South West College Dungannon are doing a sponsored cycle in aid of the Buddy Bear Trust in Dungannon. The event is called peddle for pounds and will take place on static bike in the Dungannon campus. ...

SLDP visit Buddy Bear 11/04/16

Colum Eastwood with Ildiko Veres and Brendan McConville
Today the SDLP visited the Buddy Bear Trust.           This is what Colum Eastwood had to say:   Here are some of the photos:

Lord Morrow welcomes new Conductor Anges Kasper to Buddy Bear

Lord Maurice Morrow with Ms Ildiko Veres, Mrs Jennifer McCooey with her daughter Maeve and Buddy Bear
Lord Maurice Morrow , Minister of Department of Social Development  congratulated Ms Ildiko Veres, Principal and Brendan McConville Chairman of the Buddy Bear Trust on being awarded the Pride Of Britain Awards for NI at the recent event in Grovern...

Stranmillis Students on Placement in Buddy Bear

Robyn and Catherine with Brendan, Mary, Ildiko and Anges
Over the years, many students from all over Northern Ireland have had the opportunity to undertake a placemement in the Buddy Bear Trust. For the past two weeks, Catherine Forde and Robyn McKee from Stranmillis University have been on placement in...

Q Radio discusses the work of the Buddy Bear Trust

Q Radio discusses the work of the Buddy Bear Trust and highlights the benefits of Conductive Education for children with cerebral palsy. They also hope to have Buddy Bear Trust's Chairman, Brendan McConville on their radio show soon along with First Minister Arlene Foster to further discuss the Buddy Bear Trust!

You can Listen to the radio clip here

University of Ulster, Jordanstown students help Buddy Bear Trust

Chairman, Brendan McConville with UU students
Students from different disciplines in the University of Ulster, Jordanstown came together to discuss how their different skills and talents could help the children at the Buddy Bear Trust. Examples of areas they volunterred to help with are: the ...

Content Archive