Firwood School is an inspiration

Ray Dainton has two grandsons who have cerebral palsy. Jacob now attends Firwood School where he is happy and receiving the skilled support he requires. Over the years Ray has raised over £80,000 in support of the schools both grandsons attended.

Pictured from left to right, are: Andy Wiltshire, Malcolm Warren (Regional Charity Steward), Ray Dainton, Karen Walker and Glynn Wrennall (Provincial Grand Charity Steward).

Pictured from left to right, are: Andy Wiltshire, Malcolm Warren (Regional Charity Steward), Ray Dainton, Karen Walker and Glynn Wrennall (Provincial Grand Charity Steward).

The latest visit to Firwood School was to present a cheque for £450, the latest of Ray’s donations, making £8,000 to Firwood since it opened in April 2012.

Walking around the school Ray said the immediate thing that was apparent was that everyone was happy and smiling. The work that the staff was doing was inspirational and very humbling.

Karen Walker the head teacher said: “Firwood has a strong emphasis on working together to ensure students (aged between 11 and 19) enjoy their time at the school, are happy and make as much progress as possible. As well as our focus on working with parents and carers, we work alongside a range of other professionals in a multi-agency approach to students’ learning that aims to ensure their needs are met. This range includes speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists, the school nursing service, paediatricians, the child and adolescent mental health service, social workers and other social care staff, specialist educational consultants, as well as a range of other services.”

Student's work.

Student’s work.

Karen went on to say: “Firwood High School moved into a new build in April 2012 that is co-located with Bolton St Catherine’s Academy. Our new building not only provides us with a much greater range of specialist facilities and rooms, but enables us to work more easily with our mainstream colleagues and provide excellent inclusion opportunities. Both Firwood High School and Bolton St Catherine’s Academy are committed to breaking down barriers and stereotypes about disability, so we are keen to provide a range of inclusion opportunities to benefit all students.”

Karen thanked Ray for his donations and expressed her delight at meeting him in person for the first time.

In responding, Ray said that Jacob was benefitting from the care and tuition he was receiving and that seeing him happy and well cared for was the inspiration for his fund raising.

Anyone who has visited Westhoughton Masonic Hall is likely to have heard Ray tinkling the ivories during meetings and festive boards.

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Firwood School.

Firwood School.