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Oliverís mum takes a stand

Thursday, 7 September 2017

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AN angry Coleraine mum has vowed to take her son's case to the Equality Commission if disabled access is not provided at his school's all-weather football pitch.
Charlene Dickey was furious when funding was withdrawn for vital work in the grounds of Millburn Primary School, where nine-year-old Oliver has just started in primary five.
Oliver uses a walking frame to get around school but steps leading to the all-weather pitch have made the area inaccessible to him, so Charlene lobbied the Education Authority on his behalf.
Ramps were due to be fitted during the summer months but the scheme ground to a halt, leaving a gaping 10ft deep hole which is now fenced off from the main playground. Health and safety concerns mean that none of Millburn's pupils can use the pitch.
Inspirational Oliver, who has cerebral palsy, hit the headlines and touched countless hearts when his family launched a campaign to pay for life-changing surgery in America three years ago.
After being told Oliver would never walk and refused an operation on the NHS, the Dickeys and their supporters raised £110,000.
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle

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