Students and staff at Beacon Academy took part in Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 15th December, swapping their usual school jumper for a festive knit in order to raise awareness and funds for two nominated children’s charities – Save the Children UK and Taylor Made Dreams.
Based in Crowborough, Taylor Made Dreams is a charity that provides support for children with life-limiting illnesses, enabling those children and their families to experience unique quality time together, which otherwise may not have been possible without financial and empathetic emotional support.
The charity was set up in the memory of and inspired by Taylor Mitchell, a student at Beacon Academy. Taylor was diagnosed with an incurable disease at the age of eleven, and when Taylor was thirteen the family were informed that Taylor’s prognosis was terminal. Taylor Made Dreams assist in the creation of a unique ‘Bucket List’ which is ‘TAYLOR-MADE’ to meet the specific needs and desires of the individual child with a terminal illness.
John Bishop was one of the people that Taylor wanted to meet, and in 2011 the comedian invited Taylor and his family to attend a show in Nottingham during The Sunshine Tour. Subsequently John agreed to be the official patron of Taylor Made Dreams.
The founder of the charity, Suzi Mitchell, commented:
I am touched that Beacon Academy support Taylor Made Dreams, a charity set up in memory of, and inspired by my son Taylor. Even at the latter part of Taylor’s life, the staff supported him in preparing for his exams, he was passionate about his education to the end and Beacon enabled him to continue his studies with support from the Learning Development department and then by arranging home tuition from his bedside. Being a small charity in its infancy we rely greatly on local community support as we do not receive any government funding, having Taylor’s own school supporting the charity means a great deal to me personally and to the charity as a whole.
Save the Children is a global movement made up of national member organisations. Save the Children UK is one of the oldest and one of the biggest members. The charity aims to give children in the UK and around the world a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. A total of £354 was raised for the two charities.