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Year 5 pupil inspires charity fundraiser

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Pupils and staff supported the work of local charity Lollipop with a fund-raising non-uniform day and a magnificent cake bake sale organised by Year 5.

Terrington’s fund-raising effort was inspired by Year 5 pupil Rhys who led an assembly presentation by Gary from Lollipop, the York-based charity which works with deaf and hearing impaired children/young people age 0-19, and their families within York and North Yorkshire.

Rhys talked eloquently to pupils in both main school and pre-prep about the difficulties faced by children with hearing loss. He explained that hearing loss means you sometimes can’t understand what is going on and you can feel left out. When this happens, loneliness, anger and frustration can creep in and you can feel very unhappy.

It was really good for all of us to understand how it feels to be in this place.

Then we were given some top tips on how to help deaf friends, such as looking at them when we’re talking to them so that they can more easily lip-read; keeping background noise to a minimum and not being tempted to shout – an easy mistake made by many of us!

We heard about the wonderful work that Lollipop does.

Rhys joined Lollipop last year and has already enjoyed three outings with them, to a pizza-making party, a Christmas party and a panto in York.

The charity supports children and young people by offering a range of activities through which they can build confidence and self-esteem by trying something new and expressing themselves freely. Families meet and build friendships with others with whom they share their experiences of deafness. Lollipop also raises awareness of deafness and its implications amongst the wider community.



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