Raising funds for school that is a lifeline

PARENTS of a toddler with Down’s Syndrome have another big fundraiser coming up to support Spalding’s Garth School because it has provided a lifeline for their son, Louis King.

Louis, aged two-and-a-half, was diagnosed with the condition when he was 11 months old and regularly uses the school’s hydrotherapy pool with his twin sister, Lexie.

And Louis’ portage worker – a pre-school expert for children with disabilities – is based at the school and visits Louis at his home in Crowland.

His mum and dad, Jenny and Chris, have so far raised £3,000 for the Garth and hope to raise another £1,500 from a quiz to be held at St Guthlac School, Crowland, on October 15.

Jenny said it is more than likely that Louis will one day attend the Garth.

She said: “It is a lovely, heartwarming school. Everyone’s fantastic. It’s just a lovely little school.

“Louis and I have spent many happy hours using the facilities at the school and Louis has made many friends there already.”

The Garth School caters for pupils with severe learning difficulties, profound and multiple learning disabilities and wide-ranging autistic conditions.

Currently it has 42 pupils aged from two years to 19.

All funds from the Kings’ quiz night will be used to improve play facilities used by Louis and other children at the school.

Jenny said of Louis: “He’s very happy, outgoing and fun loving. He loves adult company. He’s just great fun to be with to be honest.”

The quiz night costs £7 per person, including a fish and chip supper, and tickets should be pre-booked by contacting Jenny on 07976 836756.