Land’s End to John o’ Groats on Behalf of the Stoa School

Dave Celements, a supporter of Stoa School, has been brave enough to volunteer to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for the school. Here are a few words from Dave’s Virgin Money Giving page:

At the beginning of May, I will cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats totally unsupported and camping along the way in support of Stoa School, Edinburgh.  A few friends will be joining me on route to cheer me on, pelt with rotten tomatoes and give moral support, I may even agree to grab a few sociable beers along the way. Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to my chosen charity.

I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.

Why is Dave doing this?

My daughter Lily has a diagnosis of autism, hyper activity disorder and learning disabilities.

She is a fun, happy, inquisitive, and affectionate individual who has just started an additional needs high school. She speaks (reluctantly) in short bursts, but is still unable to write her name or understand counting. She can swim and ride a bike, she loves her dance class and cooking. She loves wrestling with her brother and adores her big sister, her pets and watching You Tube clips on her IPad.

She still needs some support to dress, wash, remember to go to the toilet, stay on the pavement, not run away or grab other people/ things when out.

Lily will never drive a car, she will never go to university, she won’t have a family of her own, but she has the potential to learn to manage her personal care, live with support as part of society, have a simple job and be valued as a member of the wider community. Without the relevant education she may instead spend her adult life in a care home, further isolated from, and a burden to, society.

There are many children and families like ours in Scotland, who are entitled to a brighter future, a future which ABA/VA may be able to provide.

We need your support to make this happen.

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