Published on: 29/5/19, 6:28 pm
The £25,000 grant to the Sky Badger charity will help the up to 90 per cent of disabled children who are being bullied at primary school (see note 1). Sky Badger has built a new pioneering disability awareness programme to change the way children under the age of 11 think about disability. The Sky Badger School Awards uses National Curriculum linked games and lesson plans to develop empathy and understanding rather than sympathy for disabled children.
The grant will also allow Sky Badger to find help for families in all areas of their disabled children’s lives; financially, medically and socially. Sky Badger is a free first-line of support for any family with a sick or disabled child, covering all conditions ranging from dyslexia and autism to cancer.
Sky Badger was created by a Bedfordshire mum in 2012 when she found getting help for her own disabled son almost impossible. Sky Badger now helps over 325,000 families each year, 33,000 of whom live in Bedfordshire. Since 2012, Sky Badger has supported over one million disabled children and their families.
The grant from Bedfordshire Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales.
Naomi Marek OBE, Chief Executive of Sky Badger said:
“I’m very grateful to Bedfordshire Freemasons for their generous grant. It will allow us to help the thousands of disabled children who are bullied every day in schools across the country. Parents whose children have special educational needs, disabilities or serious illnesses need to know that they are not alone. Now they won’t have to.”
Martin Wilson, from the Bedfordshire Freemasons said:
“We’re very pleased to be able to support Sky Badger, who do outstanding work helping disabled children at risk of bullying and assisting families with disabled children right across Bedfordshire to access the services they need. It’s hard to overestimate the value of this kind of support to parents who are struggling to cope.”
For more information on Sky Badger please visit skybadger.co.uk