Marathon Runner raises £3,500 to help students with special educational needs
London Marathon runner, Andy Mee, has successfully raised funds to install new automatic doors in the Pavilion Centre which will improve students’ accessibility to the building.
The Pavilion at Impington Village College is a dedicated provision for students with special educational needs and/ or disabilities. The building was officially opened in 1987 by Stephen and Jane Hawking, but 15 years on it is in need of some updating. In April 2015, former Impington student Andy Mee took part in the London Marathon to raise money to install new access-friendly automatic doors.
Andy was inspired to raise money for the Pavilion by his mother Glenda Mee, a Teaching Assistant at Impington who works specifically with students who have special education needs and/or disabilities. “Students with mobility issues find it difficult to get in and out of the building which is really frustrating for them, and doesn’t allow them to be independent.” Says Glenda Mee
In total Andy has over £3,500 including a donation of £1,250 from the company he works for Linx Printers, and a donation of £500 from Impington Village College Parents, Staff and Friends Association. Work will soon be underway on replacing the old doors with new automatic ones, which will make a real difference to students like Thomas Grice (see photograph with Andy and Glenda).
Glenda Mee said: “Students such as Thomas are the inspiration behind why I asked Andy to run the marathon for us. It will benefit so many students in being able to access facilities independently, without help from a member of staff”.
Andy Mee said: “I had been preparing for the marathon throughout the winter months and it was particularly tough doing 20 mile runs in the freezing cold. However, knowing that I would be running for a good cause made it all worthwhile, especially thinking about benefit to students in years to come.”
Not only is this a significant contribution to the College, but having attended Impington Village College for 6 years himself, Andy feels that this has given him the opportunity to give something back to his educational past. Andy finished the marathon in an amazing time of 4 hours 27 minutes, and the College is extremely thankful for his commitment and dedication. The ambition is to extend this work to other parts of the College so any further donations would be gratefully received.