Ex­tra spe­cial help re­warded

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Goolis­tan Cooper

TEENAGE girl who set up a free Satur­day club for chil­dren and young peo­ple with spe­cial needs has won an­other award.

Stephanie Bay­ford has been recog­nised by the panel on the Hal­i­fax Giv­ing Ex­tra Awards for set­ting up Lit­tle Spe­cials a year ago.

Last year the 18-yearold, who pays for the sup­port group from her own pocket, was named Su­per­hero of Hilling­don at the Uxbridge Gazette 2014 Lo­cal He­roes Awards.

Now, Stephanie has re­ceived £300 bonus bond vouch­ers from Hal­i­fax which she plans to in­vest into Lit­tle Spe­cials.

She had been nom­i­nated for the lo­cal Hal­i­fax awards by her mother Sharon.

Stephanie said af­ter­wards: “It was a huge sur­prise to find out I had a won a Hal­i­fax Giv­ing Ex­tra Awards, the £300 vouch­ers will make a huge dif­fer­ence to the club as it will fund new games and

Aac­tiv­i­ties for the chil­dren to get in­volved with.

“The par­ents I meet through my job as a teach­ing as­sis­tant at a spe­cial needs school in­spired me to set up a group like Lit­tle Spe­cials be­cause they felt there wasn’t any sup­port for them­selves and their chil­dren al­ready.”

The award recog­nises those that go the ex­tra mile for peo­ple in their com­mu­nity.

If she is named na­tional win­ner later this month, Stephanie will re­ceive a fur­ther £2,500 in bonus bond vouch­ers and £2,500 do­na­tion to a good cause of her choice.

Lit­tle Spe­cials meet ev­ery Satur­day at Oak Farm Li­brary in Hilling­don be­tween 2-3.30pm.

It is open to peo­ple with spe­cial needs up to the age of 16.

It cel­e­brates its an­niver­sary later month. first this

n SUR­PRISED: Stephanie Bay­ford re­ceived £300 from Hal­i­fax to help with the Lit­tle Spe­cials group she set up

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