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Generous partygoers help fund disabled play equipment
12:26pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in News
A COURAGEOUS youngster has donated £725 from his birthday party to help pay for disabled outdoor play equipment.
Ryan Gibson, of Crook, celebrated his tenth birthday earlier this month, despite doctors warning his family he might not survive beyond the age of five.
He has severe brain damage and suffers cerebral palsy, is epileptic and cannot eat, talk or walk.
To mark his birthday Ryan enjoyed a party at the town’s football club and instead of buying presents, guests were asked to make a donation towards Evergreen Primary School, in Bishop Auckland, a special school for two to 11-year-olds with a range of difficulties and disabilities.
Ryan’s mother Donna attended the school on Monday (September 16) to handover the money raised.
“The school still needs more money for the equipment, but this should be a big help,” she said. “Ryan doesn’t really go outside at school as he can’t play.
“Hopefully we can get the equipment by spring.
“I would like to thank everyone who came to Ryan’s party and donated, it was a really good turnout.”
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