Tour dream comes true for teenager
A DISABLED teenager will be able to go on Israel tour after her mother’s successful appeal to find a support worker to accompany her.
Rebecca Clayton, 16, has a musclewasting disease that affects her legs, and would have been unable to take part in the trip unaccompanied.
RSY-Netzer had struggled to find someone to help the teenager, who uses a wheelchair.
But after Rebecca’s mother, Adrienne Clayton, appealed in the JC in March, the youth movement found a suitable assistant.
Ms Clayton, a member of Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue, said: “The article highlighted the issue and raised awareness. We have got a fabulous support worker and RSY have been amazing in helping it happen.
“Rebecca was desperate to go on tour like all her other friends. She would have been devastated if she was not able to.”
Sharon Daniels, welfare officer for the Movement for Reform Judaism, which runs RSY-Netzer, said: “We are delighted that Rebecca will be joining us this summer.
“Inclusion is a key value of ours and we strive to support every individual’s personal development ensuring participation on their RSY-Netzer journey.”