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3 Year Old Caleb Kerr takes centre stage to Champion children with Cerebral Palsy

The staff and students at Lurgan College were given first hand evidence of the benefits of their recent fundraising activities in aid of the Buddy Bear Trust School for children with cerebral palsy when they were visited by a special guest to thank them for their efforts.


3 Year Old Caleb Kerr takes centre stage to Champion children with Cerebral Palsy

Caleb Kerr with his mother Heather Kerr, Mrs Gloria Matchett, Teacher,  and pupils - Alexandra McCarthy, Gemma McKitterick and Danielle Bann, Brendan McConville Chairman of Buddy Bear Trust and Mr Trevor Robinson Principal

Caleb Kerr aged 3 from the Portadown area, who has cerebral palsy and who has been receiving conductive education at the Buddy Bear Trust School since he was a baby, was able to walk across the stage unaided to meet Mr Trevor Robinson Principal of Lurgan college in front of a special assembly of students to receive a cheque for £1000 for the Buddy Bear School.

Mr Brendan McConville, chairman of The Buddy Bear Trust, used the opportunity to address the assembly to explain about the work of the Buddy Bear Trust School and to 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.

3 Year Old Caleb Kerr takes centre stage to Champion children with Cerebral Palsy

Caleb appears in the video at an early stage of his education being taught how to crawl and to control his limbs, his ability to walk independently gives great evidence that early intervention and conductive education from a qualified conductor / teacher can help make a lifetime of difference to a child and to a family.

Mr McConville said, "Caleb is a real champion for children with cerebral palsy. He and his parents should be congratulated for working so closely with our Principal Conductor Ms Ildiko Veres to achieve this current level of success in his abilities. It is clear from his enthusiasm here today that Caleb enjoys his independence like any other young boy of his age".

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

3 Year Old Caleb Kerr takes centre stage to Champion children with Cerebral Palsy

Many more children could be helped through conductive education at our school, and the efforts shown here from the pupils at Lurgan College and our new information video will help us to raise greater awareness among parents about options available to them locally and the obvious benefits of conductive education for children with cerebral palsy and motor disorders.

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

More on Caleb's story in our photo gallery

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