Teacher’s work is honoured
A DEPUTY headteacher has been honoured as a Teesside Hero for her voluntary work as an ambassador for autism.
Alison Tasker’s fundraising efforts at Stockton’s Rosebrook Academy have raised thousands for the school’s ASD hub and a new sensory garden for those with autism and other special needs.
After 28 years working at the school Alison admits it is a big part of who she is.
“I’m like a stick of rock – cut me in half and you’ll find Rosebrook written through me,” she said.
“This school and its fantastic ASD Hub is a big part of me.
“We’re always looking to improve what we have and to be the best we can possibly be because it’s for the children and they deserve it.”
Alison received her Teesside Hero Award from charitable movement Teesside Philanthropic Foundation during an assembly and was surprised by the charity’s chairman Andy Preston, who presented her with a trophy and vouchers for Mohujo’s Mexican restaurant in Stockton.
She also received £1,000 for a local cause of her choice – and it was no surprise when she decided to nominate the academy’s ASD Hub.
Now she has her sights set on helping to complete work on the centre, having helped to raise more than £9,000 – including the £1,000 donation from the Philanthropic Foundation.
They have already been able to create a playroom and outside area but she is keen to complete a sensory garden featuring a water pump, willow tunnel, storytelling area, plants and den.
“For me, it’s always about the children,” she added.
“There’s a great team that works with me, but it’s the children who are the heroes.
“The additional effort they need to put in every day to achieve what others do never ceases to amaze me.”
Alison Tasker receives her award from Teesside Philanthropic Foundation chairman Andy Preston