Le Murier School is one of three special needs schools in Guernsey. It caters for children of secondary school age with moderate, severe or profound learning difficulties possibly in conjunction with communicative, interactive, behavioural, emotional, social, sensory, physical or medical problems. Quite a challenge for the wonderful team of teachers and support staff the school has in place.
The Sarah Groves Foundation was approached by the school to establish whether we could financially support a group of sixteen students who were undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award. They needed to travel from Guernsey to the United Kingdom on two occasions and this was proving to be a very costly logistical exercise. The first was a practice run in the New Forest and the second was the expedition itself that would lead to the award.
Once again it ticked all the boxes and, in addition, was highly appropriate insofar as Sarah herself had successfully gained her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award some years before. Clearly children were involved; clearly many, perhaps all, were from backgrounds less fortunate than her own and, most importantly young lives would be enhanced. The Trustees agreed to the request and funded the project to the value of £7,500.
16 students took part in the practice run. All but one undertook the expedition itself – one girl broke her ankle and could not take part - of which 11 successfully gained their Silver Award upon completion. The others need to finish other aspects of the award and should successfully gain their Silver Award at a later date. Le Murier School have commented that without the help of the Sarah Groves Foundation the number of achievers would not have been so high. This is a truly amazing outcome against all odds and one which has undoubtedly enhanced a significant number of young lives.
Once again – mission accomplished!