St Aidan’s Year 10 pupil Aidan Wheeler presents the proceeds of the cake bake to Disability Action Yorkshire’s Operation Manager David Ashton Jones
St Aidan’s Year 10 pupil Aidan Wheeler presents the proceeds of the cake bake to Disability Action Yorkshire’s Operation Manager David Ashton Jones

Disability Action Yorkshire purchases assistive technology device thanks to St Aidan’s pupils cake bake

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A Harrogate charity will be able to purchase a state-of-the-art interactive speaker thanks to the baking and selling abilities of a group of St Aidan’s pupils.

Year 10 students Sam Haseleden, Danni MacDermid, Katie Greensit and Aidan Wheeler, voted to raise funds for Disability Action Yorkshire – which this year celebrates its 80th anniversary – as Aidan’s father suffers with a disability.

The event, which raised £55, was run in conjunction with ASDAN (Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network), a life skills training scheme which consists of a series of ten hour challenges for the participants to complete.

 

 

Once the allotted number of tasks have been successfully achieved, each pupil will receive an AOPE (Award of Personal Effectiveness) – a nationally recognised qualification which aims to encourage the development of skills required for progression to further education, training and employment.

The teenagers worked together as a team to devise a clear plan on how to raise the money, which included preparing a budget, devising and creating promotional posters, through to baking the produce and then selling it.

 

David Ashton-Jones, Disability Action Yorkshire’s Operation Manager, said:

We are very grateful to receive this sum from the St Aidan’s pupils.

Thanks to their efforts, we now have enough money to purchase a second Amazon Alexa, to be used by our Claro Road residential home customers.

Assistive technology is key to helping disable people lead as independent lives as possible, and these voice activated speakers enable residents to control electrical appliances such as lights and kettles with ease.

 

 

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