Youngster heads to Number Ten

DOWNING Street was the destination for a student from Meldreth Manor School last week. David Reynolds, 13, visited the home of Prime Minister Gordon Brown on behalf of disability charity Scope. He delivered a box of letters to Mr Brown, asking him to im

DOWNING Street was the destination for a student from Meldreth Manor School last week.

David Reynolds, 13, visited the home of Prime Minister Gordon Brown on behalf of disability charity Scope.

He delivered a box of letters to Mr Brown, asking him to improve support for children with health conditions in schools.

Afterwards David, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, said: "I was really pleased to go to Downing Street. I hope we manage to make people realise that many children with health conditions don't receive the support they need and don't get their needs met."


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Alongside David, four other young people with different health conditions also made the trip on behalf of other charities.

Their visit came the day before Parliament debated the Schools (Health Support) Bill, which has been proposed by MP Jim Cunningham.

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Ruth Scott, director of policy and campaigns at Scope, said: "There are an estimated one million children and young people with health conditions in England. Many of them are missing out on education and extra-curricular activities because they do not receive adequate support to manage their condition at school.

"We are calling for as many MPs as possible to support this Bill, which would ensure that disabled children get to have the same experiences at school as their non-disabled peers.

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