Weʼre raising £2,018 to help Parkwood Hall, a truly amazing school for the most challenged, and amazing children
- Swanley, United Kingdom
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In 2015, I walked from where I work at Zoopla HQ into Southwark council's head offices, after calling an emergency meeting 20 minutes beforehand (afterwards, I remember feeling like I had a new superpower). Our son Iri's profound disabilities and their impact had left us with the council's designation 'family in crisis'. Wow. How did that happen?
Being asked to leave school was the best possible thing that could have happened to us.
Iri's first school had done all they could but it was clear that they were unable to accommodate his needs so, under a new head, we were told to look elsewhere. Tara, Iri's teacher followed us.
After a short time home schooling with Tara, some emergency relief workers walking out on us, and our long search for a new school ... we were left with just three potential options, nationally. We contacted Parkwood Hall , very luckily just 13 miles down the road in Kent.
I’d been turned away from specialist schools on the spot so, by this point could only be hopeful. After some discussions and special arrangements, Parkwood Hall took on their youngest student as a weekly boarder, Irial Allalouf. Yes!
Iri joined when he was just 7 years old. Over the past 2 years he and his teachers have made magical progress, overcoming seemingly insurmountable challenges, each and every day. Truly transformative stuff.
The staff at Parkwood Hall demonstrate an unparalleled level of commitment and belief in the children they devote their days to. You would only need to witness the Christmas play to see that. The school’s curriculum is entirely bespoke and tailored to each child. Students are taken up to the age of 19 and are effectively prepared for life, given the tools and experiences they need to take a meaningful part in society, whether that be at work or play. Everyone is included. Everyone.
This year the school plans to improve and build new facilities for it’s older students. Here’s what’s at the top of the list:
The Gatehouse, which is the sixth form building, needs an elevator to make it fully accessible (cost £20k)
If you ever visited the school you’d see (and feel) how much these children need the school's specialist attention, care and infrastructure to give them the best possible chance in life.
I’m a parent governor at Parkwood Hall and endeavour to help in any way I can. This year I’m going to run 1000km to raise (at least) £2018 to help pay for the elevator. I calculated I need to earn just under £2.02/km to reach my target. If you could sponsor me for some kms that would be awesome :)
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- 6 months ago
Richard Allalouf6 months ago
OK, running - yep, running a bit late because we are already 6 weeks into 2018! I'm 63km behind pace so, I have some catching up to do ... Anyway, at least this webpage is sorted, isn't it awesome? Time for some promo.
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Mar 21, 2018
You are great Richard! :)
Mar 6, 2018
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Mar 2, 2018
Wonderful stuff Richard.
Feb 28, 2018
Good luck, Richard!!! All the best, Jay and Simone
Feb 28, 2018
You are such an inspiration. The strength of your love for Iri is visible from space.Well done you! I hope your injury is healing. Good luck! <3
Feb 28, 2018
From Malu - Thanks Malu!
Feb 19, 2018
good luck with your fundraising
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