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Aylesford 12-year-old raises £1,200 for bursary for dyslexic child to attend Flexi-School Dyslexia in Wrotham

By Natalie Tipping

A 12-year-old from Aylesford has raised money to fund a bursary for a dyslexic child to get a specialist education.

Adam Blumsum was inspired to raise money after spending 18 months at Flexi-School Dyslexia (FSD) before moving on to Aylesford School Sports College.

The Wrotham High Street school is a specialist provision offering children aged between six and 12 who are struggling with dyslexia and related issues the opportunity to access multi-sensory teaching in small groups.

Adam presents a cheque for the bursary to the school.
Adam presents a cheque for the bursary to the school.

Pupils attend FSD on a part-time basis, while maintaining their place in mainstream school, widening their range of subjects.

The Sedley Close resident said: “One of the reasons I am now making progress is because for nearly two years I attended this specialist dyslexia provision. They really helped fill the gaps in my learning and taught me in a way that made sense to me.”

He raised more than £1,200 to fund the Blumsum Bursary, smashing his original target of £300. His main fundraiser was the Kent Ultim8 Challenge, which took place at Vigo Rugby Club in June. Adam conquered a 5km obstacle course, and his parents got involved by throwing wet sponges at him as he went.

Adam with his mum Linda
Adam with his mum Linda

Proud parents Linda and Gary said: “When Adam decided he wanted to help another child go to FSD we were thrilled. We knew that Adam would rise to the challenge and would reach his initial target, but we never thought he would raise £1,200 to help a dyslexic child get the support they need.”

Adam presented the cheque to Narinda Algar, founder of FSD, on Monday. Mrs Algar was inspired to create FSD to help her daughter Lucia, who she felt was being failed by the education system. Currently the school has 40 pupils and five staff.

Acceptance for funding and a place at FSD is dependent upon financial status, extent of need, and commitment to learning by both the pupil and their parents.

Parents wishing to apply for the bursary should email Matt@algarsacademy.co.uk

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