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Wisbech schoolboy with cerebral palsy completes 44km challenge to raise £1,000 for his school

A 12-year-old schoolboy has helped to raise more than £1,000 towards a specially adapted minibus for his school.

Theo Hall, who has cerebral palsy, has so far raised more than £1,032 of his £1,500 target, for Meadowgate Special School, in Wisbech, by walking and riding his recumbent bike 44km during his school holidays.

The school, which provides education and pastoral care for pupils with a wide range of learning difficulties, is fund-raising towards the cost of purchasing a new minibus which costs about £35,000 due to all the adaptions that are required.

Fundraiser Theo Hall.
Fundraiser Theo Hall.

Theo, who lives with his mum Caroline, dad Robin and brother James, 14, wanted a way to thank the school for its efforts during lockdown.

During his six-week summer holiday, Theo completed 1km a day using his walker, cycling on his bike or using his wheelchair when he became tired, to reach his total.

He was inspired by his brother James, who raised nearly £2,000 by running 260 miles over two months this summer, to raise money for NHS Charities Together.

Fundraiser Theo Hall.
Fundraiser Theo Hall.

Proud dad Robin and mum Caroline have been supporting their son throughout the challenge.

Robin said: "The school have been fantastic during lockdown. All the teachers and teaching assistants went above and beyond to help the pupils and their families. They kept the pupils busy by putting out school work on google classroom every day and posting regular videos on Facebook.

"They also held a weekly celebration assembly every Friday via Facebook Live which continued for 17 weeks. The assemblies featured pupil achievement shout outs, photos and films featuring the pupils, their families and even pets carrying out the challenges set by the staff.

"These assemblies played a crucial part in keeping everyone's spirits up during such a difficult and stressful time.

"Theo absolutely loves the school and the staff. They did their best in very difficult circumstances, so this was a wonderful way to say thank you.

"Theo is a very determined boy and was desperate to get out and do his 1km per day, even in the rain. He has been pounding the streets near where we live, walking or cycling in the park near our house and even when we went on days out and to the shops using his walker. He said he wanted to thank his school for all they have done and I guess he was following his brother's lead. James is a real inspiration to his brother.

"As parents we are incredibly proud of what Theo has done."

Neighbours, friends and family have been incredibly generous and have already helped Theo to raise more than £1,000 towards his target.

Michelle Flanz, headteacher at Meadowgate, is delighted with Theo's efforts.

She said: "On our return to school I found out about Theo’s amazing efforts during lockdown. All the money raised will go towards updating our school vehicles. These vehicles are vital to allow all our pupils and particularly those in wheelchairs to take part in community visits. Before lock down we held various fund-raising events such as bingo and quiz nights which is now no longer possible. So we greatly appreciate Theo’s inspirational efforts overcoming his own personal challenges. The total figure raised so far is £25,000."

To make a donation, visit: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/theo-hall

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