Bizzy B’s get their spooky on to raise funds for their friend, Frank

Fingal Independent - - PICTURES - By KEN PHE­LAN

A pre-school in Loughshinny held a spe­cial chil­dren’s Hal­loween fancy dress fundraiser last week to raise money for one of their chil­dren, who has spe­cial needs.

As part of the fundraiser, Bizzy B’s pre­sented a chil­dren’s Hal­loween cat­walk show, with the young­sters parad­ing their cos­tumes in ghoul­ish style.

Par­ents and grand­par­ents were in­vited to the event, with a cof­fee morn­ing held af­ter­wards, as well as a pup­pet show for the chil­dren. The event was held to kick-off a Gofundme page for one of the chil­dren, Frank Kennedy (aged 3), who has autism.

The pre-school is hop­ing to raise enough money to pay for a spe­cial­ist teacher to help Frank achieve his full po­ten­tial, as it says the Govern­ment has fallen short in pro­vid­ing funds.

Brenda Lat­ti­more of Bizzy B’s says: ‘We have a re­ally good can­di­date for the job, but we need to raise funds to em­ploy her. We need to raise about €30,000, and we said we’d get be­hind it and raise as much as we can, be­cause Frank’s a gor­geous lit­tle boy.

‘Frank has a di­ag­no­sis of autism, and with autism the abil­ity to en­gage isn’t there, so it’s about peel­ing back a bit of that sur­face and bring­ing him out. He’s a very happy lit­tle boy and very much on the cusp of get­ting words and things like that. If we can work with him now, he has a very bright fu­ture, but if we don’t, he won’t reach his full po­ten­tial.’

‘The anom­aly is’, Brenda con­tin­ues, ‘if Frank’s par­ents de­cided to look af­ter him at home, they could ap­ply for a home tu­ition grant that would cost the govern­ment €37.50 an hour, in­stead of pay­ing about €9.50 an hour to the pre-school. We can’t get the home tu­ition grant for this girl to come up here, be­cause she wouldn’t be a mem­ber of staff.’

Brenda points out that if chil­dren with spe­cial needs are catered for when they’re young, it has a huge im­pact on their de­vel­op­ment. The Bizzy B’s Gofundme page can be found by search­ing ‘Frank’sfund­bizzybs’.

Tom, Cian and Ben at the Spook­tac­u­lar Fundraiser in Bizzy B’s Loughshinny.

Jen­nifer, Olivia and James at the Spook­tac­u­lar Fundraiser in Bizzy B’s Loughshinny.

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