My oldest daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumour when she was 16 months old, and it has been Aoife who has been the inspiration for me to do some fundraising throughout the year. Aoife has underwent surgery, 18 months of chemotherapy and is now part of a clinical trial at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London.
She has been doing great considering everything that she has been through so far, but with having brain surgery and various types of treatment, her development has been affected and delayed. She is now five years old and will be starting Primary 1 with additional support in August this year. ￼
We have noticed throughout our time attending hospitals with Aoife the enormous positive impact that sensory and interactive spaces have had on her and other children.
I feel that a sensory and interactive learning space would complement teaching and help all the pupils develop their ability to interact with others, learn and solve problems, understand and develop their use of language and improve motor skills. They can also increase motivation promoting greater levels of happiness and wellbeing.
With this in mind I want to raise funds to provide a sensory and interactive learning environment for all of the pupils to use at Monkton Primary school just outside Prestwick, Ayrshire, Scotland.
I have set the ambitious but achievable task, with your help to raise £10,000.
So far, a Race Night has been organised to take place in April.
Since the success of the Race Night we have managed to achieve this initial goal unbelievably quickly.
A great opportunity presented itself early on when we started the fundraising. After having a meeting with Stagecoach bus company in March we were very kindly donated a bus!
Our Intention now that the initial target has been achieved for Monkton EYC/Primary is to continue fundraising to create "Aoifes Sensory Bus." The plan is to install a Sensory/Interactive environment within the bus so it can travel around schools in Ayrshire for even more kids to benefit from.
A Fun Day for all the family with a 'five event' team challenge is being planned to be held at Kilmarnock Rugby Club on the 30th June.
A sponsored Zip-Line across the River Clyde in Glasgow has been planned for 24th August and anyone who wants to take part in this event to raise funds for 'A Space to Make Sense of School' should follow the link below. http://www.adrenalindrop.co.uk/
I am running the Glen Coe Marathon on the 8th September.http://glencoemarathon.co.uk/
I am taking part in the Edinburgh Kiltwalk wee wander with my other daughter Eilidh.https://edinburghkiltwalk2019.everydayhero.com/uk/michael-8
Thank you for taking the time to read my story. If you would like further information on what we are trying to achieve please follow us on Facebook 'A Space to Make Sense of School' https://www.facebook.com/groups/843179122695813/