From my own experience as the mother of a child with ADHD and Dyslexia, I know how hard it can be to find the right support. I also know how difficult it is for many families affected by learning and behavioural differences to find the money to pay for the help they need.
This is why I have launched the Rachel V. Gow Charitable Trust. It is being established to bring positive and meaningful change to the lives of children and individuals with learning and behavioural differences.
The Purpose of the Trust
Our aims are:
- To provide educational, nutritional, and behavioural support and services
- To raise awareness of “invisible” mental-health conditions
- To implement change and advocate equality in education and the workplace.
- To help children/adolescents with learning and behaviour differences reach their highest potential
The Trust has set up two awards named after two of my close friends who are no longer with us:
- The Austin Award, in recognition of Stephen Austin (1966-1998), AKA Stevie Hyper D
- The Anderson Award, namedafter charity worker Lee Anderson (1971-2016).
The Austin Award will symbolise triumph over adversity and all Stevie represented in spite of his own learning and behaviour difference. The charity will aim to keep his memory alive by providing several grants a year (dependent on fundraising) and by engaging in and providing funding for music projects to marginalized and disadvantaged youth. A member of the Austin family will be presenting the award to the first low/no-income family on the night and say a few words about Stevie.
The Anderson Award is in recognition of the outstanding charitable youth work conducted by Lee Anderson and will represent equality among children irrespective of ethnicity, sex/gender, learning/behaviour difference or socio-economic status. A member of the Anderson family will be presenting an award to the next low/no-income family and say a few words about Lee.