A fifteen-year-old boy with cerebral palsy is leading a fundraising campaign to revamp the students’ residence at St Rose’s school.
The building is more than 70 years old and the pandemic has stopped the school from holding traditional fundraising events to update its facilities.
“Our building is quite old at the moment, so it needs a bit of upgrading,” said Dylan, fundraising ambassador for St Rose’s, who has attended the school since he was two years old.
“I’m looking forward to when we get our building, I think I speak for the whole school when I say independence is key to moving on.”
Dylan helped design a catalogue of Christmas gifts using stock that would have normally featured in the Christmas fair.
Last week, pupils took part in a ‘pirate day’, dressing up as pirates and raising money doing lucky dips, treasure hunts and a cake sale.
Sheila Talwar, headteacher at St Rose’s, said upgrading the residential facilities with en suites, overhead hoisting and environment controls would give students like Dylan more independence.
“St Rose’s is just an amazing place where the young people are an absolute inspiration. I feel anything I can do to enhance the quality of their lives is really important,” she said.
The school provides education, therapy and care for students with disabilities aged 2-25, as well as an inclusive nursery for those with and without disabilities.
It was founded in 1912 by the Dominican Sisters of St Rose Convent in Stroud after a child with a disability who could not be accommodated at a school was left with them.
The residential building was built in the late 40s. Dylan, his classmates and St Rose’s staff have raised £1m so far to upgrade it but they need double that amount.
If you’d like help them, you can donate to the Big Bounce or start your own fundraiser here: www.justgiving.com/campaign/bigbounce