THE FOUNDER of a charity which may hold the key to curing a wide range of mental illnesses has thanked a Whitby school for its fund-raising efforts.
Last Friday Kori Coates, co-founder of the Rett Syndrome Research Trust UK, was presented with a cheque for £1,700 that was raised by pupils at Eskdale School.
One hundred pupils from all year groups took part in the Junior Great North Run in September, making them the largest group of children running for a single cause.
“Being there on the day, it was so inspirational,” said Mrs Coates.
“Eskdale School is particularly good at motivating their children to be charitable, it’s setting the tone for how they’re going to be in future.
“These children took the time to go out and raise money for someone separate to them, I just think that’s incredibly powerful.”
Ten students each managed to raise over £75 each, with Kaan Akel raising a spectacular £135.
RSRT UK was established by Mrs Coates, from Hawsker, when her daughter Emlyn was diagnosed with the mental disorder. The organisation won best new charity at the national Charity Times Awards last year.
It funds “earth-shattering science” and research into the disorder in the hopes that a cure may be uncovered and Mrs Coates added: “Rett Syndrome could be the first reversible brain disorder so it’s sort of like the Rosetta Stone for Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, a whole host of different neurological disorders.”
l For more information about the charity, visit www.reverserett.org.uk