Huge support for disabled Sheffield youngster taking on 150 mile walking challenge

Star readers are getting behind a big-hearted disabled youngster who is taking part in a walking challenge to raise money for his school.

Wednesday, 3rd July 2019, 08:57 am
Updated Wednesday, 3rd July 2019, 08:57 am
Max Burgar-Briggs.

Max Burgar-Briggs, aged 13, of Wisewood, is hoping to walk 150 miles in July to raise vital funds for Talbot Specialist School in Norton Lees.

Max Burgar-Briggs.

Born 16 weeks premature and a surviving quadruplet, Max has right side hemiplegia, meaning the right side of his body is affected by cerebral palsy, along with Addison’s disease for which he takes daily steroids.  Due to his condition Max cannot walk long distances and becomes tired very easily, therefore the walking challenge will be difficult – but he is determined to complete it for the sake of his school. 

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A number of Star readers have now taken to Facebook to both praise Max – and encourage as many people as possible to donate.  

Clare Bear described him as an “amazing young man” and added: “So proud of you, will definitely smash it.” 

Lee Court urged: “Come on people dig deep for this amazing, selfless young man. Every little helps.”

Kadie Hodgson added: “The Government should help in some kind of way like funding – (they are) quick to waste money on things (and) people that don't need (or) deserve it.” 

Talbot Specialist School caters for students with special educational and physical disabilities, from Year 7 to Year 14. It offers pupils as many opportunities as they can, with many taking place off site.

The current bus is old and deteriorating and is used daily to take children with severe and complex learning difficulties on trips and to sporting activities, but costs are increasing for its repairs and maintenance.

The school is trying to raise £16,000 for a new, larger bus that will enable a full class to travel together on outings and will also come with a full tail lift allowing any wheelchair users to attend the visits too. Currently, just over half of the funds have been raised.

To donate visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/maxi