Manor College student Matthew raises £400 with the help of his kind-hearted friends

Maggie Hart (centre right) from the Education Centre for Children with Down Syndrome with Amy McGouan (Manor College SENCO) and pupils (rear left to right) Mark Hadfield, Owen Baker, David Hadfield, (front left to right) Elly Whitelock, Kyle Thomas Matther Baker.
Maggie Hart (centre right) from the Education Centre for Children with Down Syndrome with Amy McGouan (Manor College SENCO) and pupils (rear left to right) Mark Hadfield, Owen Baker, David Hadfield, (front left to right) Elly Whitelock, Kyle Thomas Matther Baker.
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THE kind-hearted friends and fellow pupils of a young Down’s Syndrome sufferer helped him to raise more than £400 in school for charity.

Matthew Baker, 16, is without doubt the most popular student at Manor College of Technology, according to his teachers.

And that popularity was clear to see as his fellow pupils have all joined together over the last 12 months to raise cash for The Education Centre for Children with Down’s Syndrome. The charity is based in Newton Aycliffe but works with youngsters across the region and the founder Maggie Hart has worked closely with Matthew throughout his time at Manor College.

And Matthew, who is in Year 9 at the school, has joined his brother, Owen, 13, and the other pupils for a number of fundraising activities. The youngsters all wore as many pairs of socks as possible for one quirky way to raise cash and have also organised cake stalls and various other events in school.

Amy McGowan, special educational needs coordinator at Manor College, said: “Matthew is definitely the most popular pupil here at Manor and so many of the youngsters wanted to get involved with the fundraising.

“It started off with just one fundraising event and we set a target of £150 and it’s just gone from there. We have raised £400 but we have money still coming in.”

Maggie Hart added: “Matthew is such a big character, he’s absolutely lovely and it’s a pleasure to work alongside him. We are so grateful for the money that’s been raised.”