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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”.

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