Sarah Ferguson OPENS UP on Eugenie’s disability and Beatrice’s dyslexia in campaign launch
SARAH Ferguson has open up about her daughters Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice as she fronted a fundraising campaign to educate the world’s poorest children for the Street Child charity.
Sarah, the Duchess of York, who helped launched the campaign, questioned why opportunities given to her daughters Princess Eugenie – who suffers from scoliosis, a curvature of the spine – and Beatrice – who battled dyslexia when she was a child and received special needs education – were not available for all. Before her wedding Eugenie shared private images from her operation on Instagram which showed the pins and rods inserted into her back to support her spine when she was younger. Speaking about the Princess’, who are both global ambassadors for the charity, Sarah said: “Kept me realising how lucky that my children – Eugenie, as you now know, is disabled with 12in metal rods down her back, Beatrice is dyslexic with special needs at school – and yet they had an education, so why isn’t any other child allowed that same luxury. “And why is it a luxury?”
Her comments came as the Duchess launched Street Child’s new Count Me In appeal, urging the public to help give a child an education through charitable donations.
Ms Ferguson, who is know affectionately as Fergie, said: “Count Me In is a pretty big mountain to climb but if we can do it, we will do it.
“Give before 21 February 2019 and public donations to Street Child’s Count Me In campaign will be matched by the UK Government.”
The Street Child charity seeks to bring education to the poorest rural and urban locations in the world and funds raised will be used to buy school uniforms, train teachers and build classrooms for disadvantaged youngsters in 10 countries from Sierra Leone to Afghanistan.
The Duchess said: “They not only don’t go to school but they don’t have the opportunity to go to school -and that statistic has to change.”
The charity said £15 would pay a child’s school fees, while £300 enables it to train a teacher. All money from the Government will be used just for the charity’s work in Sierra Leone.
Street Child was formed by a merger of an organisation of the same name founded by Tom Dannatt, son of Lord Dannatt, former head of the British Army, and Sarah’s Children in Crisis organisation.
Fergie recently travelled to Nepal to learn about the challenges young children face in the country.
The Duchess of York said of her globe-trotting trip: “What I saw was in fact massive hope from the children because someone was listening and yet they had nothing.”
She described how she met a young girl called Ruby who wanted a school for her community so she could be educated and one day become a teacher.
Sarah added: “If we don’t build a school for Ruby in two years’ time she will have to get married at the age of 12 in order to sustain herself in the local area because of tribe rules.
“If we can get a school so she can get her dream to be a teacher, imagine that story. Those children were fantastic, all they wanted was a chance and surely Street Child can give them that chance.”
Speaking of her life working in charity, Ms Ferguson said: “My work has saved my life. Kept me grateful, kept my feet on the ground.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK