Hatfield child moves teachers to tears with plea to back chosen charity

Howe Dell School

Howe Dell School


A Hatfield youngster who suffers from cerebral palsy and autism gave a speech in front of hundreds of his peers to raise awareness for a charity very close to his heart.

Aaron Nash, 11, took to the stage with a presentation he made during an assembly in front of 500 pupils, staff and parents to encourage them to pick Scope as this year’s Howe Dell Talent Show charity.

Every year Howe Dell pupils pick a cause to support but this year the Year 6 pupil who suffers from anxiety wanted to speak out.

During his speech he expressed that Scope meant a lot to him as they focus on abilities instead of disabilities.

The charity provides support, information and advice to disabled people and their families, while also raising awareness so that disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.

He moved staff to tears, including his mum Andrea Nash, 41, who works in the Howe Dell nursery.

She said: “It took a lot for him to get up there and must have been so nerve-wracking. I’m so proud.”

His peers voted that this year’s charity should be Scope out of respect for Aaron.

The show, which took place this month, raised £492 for the charity after 85 children aged between six and 11 performed their talents, which ranged from reading their own poems to stand up comedy acts.

Twenty-two pupils made it to the final, but singers Tapi and Kai took home the crown after their performance of ‘Dancing On My Own’ stole the show.

Auditions and the marketing behind the show were all led by the Children’s Council, which in previous years have raised around £900.

Headteacher Debra Massey said: “Aaron’s awe-inspiring presentation stunned everyone with his dignity and powerful message.

“It’s my favourite event of the year as it’s so lovely to see all the children support one another.”

Aaron’s parents thanked the school and its staff for being “absolutely amazing” at supporting Aaron through his primary school years, and said they will be sad when he leaves in the summer for secondary school.

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