Whaley Bridge teacher helps Kenyan kids

Whaley Bridge teacher Kate Mercer and colleague Becky Thornton, who have been working with orphans in Kenya.
Whaley Bridge teacher Kate Mercer and colleague Becky Thornton, who have been working with orphans in Kenya.
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A Whaley Bridge teacher had the “best experience of her life” this summer after travelling 10,000 miles to help disabled orphans in Kenya.

Kate Mercer, head of music at Greenbank Preparatory School, visited pupils at Port Reitz Special School near Mombassa, Greenbank, to deliver eight specially adapted wheelchairs and teach them singing.

The Cheadle Hulme primary school has raised more than £15,000 for the children since making it its dedicated charity.

This year, Kate, together with preschool teacher Becky Thornton, raised £2,500 for the school by completing a 25-mile sponsored walk of the highest peaks in the area.

Kate said: “Handicapped children start their education late in many cases. Sadly many are hidden away in their homes and villages, some still cursed by witch doctors and often only get into school when found by outsiders.

Many enter first grade at ten years old, so finish primary education at 18 to move onto high school. Working with these children was all together the best experience of my life.

“I didn’t know what to expect, but the children’s response to us was incredibly positive. Cuddling the poorest children and just talking to the older, mentally able kids about their aspirations and dreams was fabulous.”