23rd November 20
Darron Kokott, Head of Year 10, has helped raise over £53,000 for Andrew (Andy) Patterson, ex-Ireland international and father of three, who, in March 2013, was diagnosed with Spastic Paraplegia (a rare hereditary disorder which results in wheelchair confinement).
Darron’s original ambition was to help Andy raise £1-£2,000 to install a lift into his house. However, once he made Ireland Cricket and the Player’s Association aware of the cause via twitter, it snowballed, raising £25,000 in under 48 hours!
All funds raised will go towards adapting Andrew’s house as he gets closer to wheelchair confinement and will enable him to continue to be as independent as possible despite the huge challenges, he and his family face.
Andrew’s cricketing career, both international and domestic (having played first-class for Sussex CCC), made him an attractive option when he decided to dedicate his working life to passing his knowledge on to the next generation
And as a full-time PE teacher at King’s College School (Wimbledon) from 2001-2007 and Caterham School since, Andrew’s love for sport and coaching has had an abrupt and premature ending.
Nevertheless, the support he has received is a clear indicator of the impact he has made within the cricketing community,
Andy’s livelihood and family life have been affected beyond recognition and now with a lack of funds, the family are facing even more challenges.
So, If you wish to help Andrew and his family reach the £75,000.00 target required to adapt their house please donate here: