A poem to celebrate Tearfund’s forthcoming Big Bake – from a remarkable 11 year-old supporter.
Last year we shared the story of (then) ten-year-old Jonathan Bryan and his Tearfund Big Bake fundraising party.
Jonathan was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and was effectively ‘locked in’ for nine years of his life by the disability. Barely able to move; when he went to school, he was labelled as having ‘Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties’.
However, it turned out he was rather smarter than that. He was taken out of school for a few hours a day to be taught to read and write. Two years ago he was given a ‘spelling board’, which allowed him to ‘point’ to individual letters with his eyes. It meant that he could speak and write for the first time.