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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 Grovernor House, London.

Lord Morrow said, “It is a great honour for the charity and all those who have worked so hard over the 25 years to provide an additional resource for children with cerebral palsy to be recognised by being presented with such an award.
It is obvious from seeing the children and talking to the parents and reading the recent Department of Education Inspection Report  that the needs and care of the children are paramount by the visible progress that some have made.

The fact that parents travel so far each day, 30 – 50 miles at their own expense is evident that they value the professional expertise of Ms Veres and Staff.

I have long been associated with supporting the Buddy Bear Trust from the time the iconic Triangle of Hope photograph was taken in 1988 to launch the campaign that has been signed by President, First Ministers, David Cameron, PM, Church Leaders including the late Pontiff John Paul 11 and John Hume, John Taylor and the late Dr Ian Paisley.

I am delighted today to welcome Ms Agnes Kasper, a specialist Conductor from the world famous Peto Institute to join the staff of Buddy Bear Trust School.  I wish Ms Kasper and all at the school particularly the childen every success in all that they do and hope to achieve.”

Ms Ildiko Veres, thanked Lord Morrow for his kind words of praise and for his welcome to Ms Kasper who was appointed to help meet the needs of new parents who heard of the work of the Trust after seeing the Awards Ceremony or from the press.  Early intervention is essential for children with cerebral palsy if meaningful progress is to be made and parents must be shown how to help at home as the child will have to live in the home and  local community.

Chairman of the Buddy Bear Trust, Brendan McConville welcomed Lord Morrow. "We are delighted that Lord Morrow has visited the school to see the children, staff and to meet the parents who often feel isolated by both Health and Education officers who don’t advise or assist them to place their children in the Buddy Bear Trust School.

We are trying to provide an option to parents as a former Education Officer and VP of a Special School I know that there are great dedicated and professional teachers in both ordinary and Special Schools. Account must be taken of the wishes of parents as they know more about their child than anyone else as they are with them 24 x7 and will have them full time at age 19- fully grown men and women.

I believe that many children with Special Needs have been failed by both Health and Education and that this must be corrected by intervention by the Executive of the Assembly. Children with Special Needs must be given real help and not left on the margins or on long waiting lists waiting to be assessed by Education Psychologists.
Our politicians must insist that children with Special Needs are

  • diagnosed early,
  • Assessed without delay,
  • Placed in the best appropriate provision,
  • Account taken of wishes of parents as they live with them 24x7.


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Mrs Joanne Reid (Dromore),  Lord Morrow (Minster DSD),

Brendan McConville, Jack Reid with Ms Agnes Kasper,

Conductor and Ms Ildiko Veres, Principal

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Brendan McConville, Ms Veres Principal, Miss Suzanne Burton

Classroom Assistant with Lord Morrow and Ms Agnes Kasper,

Conductor and Miss Maria Gowdy, Conductor with Mr Jonathan

Coles (Magherafelt) and his daughter Chloe and Buddy Bear

 

You can watch a clip from Lord Morrow's visit to the school below or by clicking here!


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