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Former pupil donates further £3,000 to help children with Special Educational Needs

Sarah Mason 3rd Dec, 2018

A BIG-HEARTED teenager who always felt different growing up has handed another donation over to his primary school.

Mikey Akers has handed a further £3,000 to Balsall Common Primary School Academy for the Special Educational Needs (SEN) department which supported him.

The 17-year-old suffers from a condition called verbal dyspraxia which affects his everyday life.

The condition makes it difficult to communicate and can lead to sufferers often being shy and lacking confidence with new people.

It is a relatively unknown condition and so very little research has gone into it that there are very few resources out there to help deal with it.

Mikey decided to change that and set up a charity called ‘Mikey’s Wish’ to raise funds to help others so that they don’t have to face the same challenges he has.

Since leaving the Balsall Street East school he has recognised the help and support he was given and decided to give something back.

Through his perseverance and unwavering dedication Mikey has raised more than £6,000 in just two-and-a-half years which the school say has made a huge difference to the resources available and making a big impact on SEN.

Howard Rose, director of funding and publicity said: “This is not something he has been asked to do and it is all off his own back.

“As a professional fundraiser I know how difficult it is to raise funds and what Mikey has done is incredible, then factor in he is only just 17 and it really is amazing what he has achieved.”

Mikey has been recognised for his hard work and won the Harry’z Young Starz’ Charity Award, the Stephen Sutton Inspiration Award at the Pride of Birmingham awards and the Inspirational Young Person award at the Solihull Civic Honours Awards.

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