SIXTH-FORMERS at Radyr Comprehensive School have raised £2,471 to help other youngsters – and now they are teaching younger pupils about their charity work.
Students were divided into two groups to raise money for the charities Danny’s Dream and Dewi’s Dreams for a Welsh Baccalaureate project.
Danny’s Dream was set up to help 22-year-old Danny Hudson who has Down’s Syndrome. He has been offered a year-long course at Bridgend College to help him develop his skills but his local authority is unable to fund it so his family set up the fundraising scheme.
Dewi’s Dreams is helping Dewi James, from Pontypridd, undergo a life-changing operation. The three-year-old suffers with Diplegia Spasticity Cerebral Palsy, and finds it difficult to walk and balance properly.
To enable Dewi to travel to America for the Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy operation, his family have raised money for the Tree of Hope, an organisation that helps families of sick and disabled British children in need of specialist medical treatment.
Dewi’s father Rob James said: “Despite Dewi’s surgery being very successful, we are still fundraising for his post-op physiotherapy which he requires on a daily basis. As most of this has to be provided on a private basis averaging £100 a session, we still have a great deal to raise. We are very grateful and appreciative of the funds that have been raised by Radyr Comprehensive School and we look forward to meeting up with them in the near future.”
The pupils raised money in a variety of ways from selling cakes to having their legs waxed. Some also worked together to host a musical concert.
This term, the students aim to share their knowledge by using their experiences to teach younger pupils about why charity work is so important.
Dr John Roe, who works with the sixth form students, said: “The students will be focusing on raising awareness for these two charities by holding workshops with younger students within the school.
“The workshops will aim to raise awareness of how Cerebral Palsy and Down’s Syndrome affect people. They hope to educate our year seven, eight and nine students about the conditions and the prejudice and discrimination that people with these conditions can face.”
If you would like to make a donation or find out more information about either of the charities, the details of the websites are featured below.
Dewi’s Dreams – http://www.dewisdreams.co.uk/
Danny’s Dream – https://www.gofundme.com/wwkrug