The parents of Corby boy Jordan Hutchison say he is an inspiration to other children after he raised nearly £10,000 for two sensory rooms at Studfall’s junior and infants schools.
Jordan 12, was born with a form of cerebral palsy that affects all four limbs and his family was warned that he might never be able to walk or talk.
He defied doctors to not only learn to walk but go to mainstream school, leaving Studfall to move to Corby Business Academy in 2014.
And now he has helped his former school by raising vital funds to help the school with other children with special educational needs (SEN).
At the official opening of the rooms, mum Jacqueline says he is a role model.
She said: “Jordan has gone out of his way to try and achieve this funding and it will be great for the other kids.
“He’s done bike rides, cake sales and charity walks to make it happen and we’ve had some very generous donations.
“The school doesn’t get much funding so is quite underprivileged in that sense, and there are a lot of autistic children which this room will help.
“He’s a role model and to be honest a bit of a hero.
“Big thanks must go to Jim and Chris, the caretakers at the school, for their help in putting the sensory rooms together.”
Jordan’s dad Colin said: “Jordan’s addicted to helping people and once he starts giving back he can’t stop. He’s an inspiration to other children.
“His next goal is to climb Mount Snowdon to try and get some treatment in Slovakia but we’ll see how that goes.”
Sensory rooms use a range of lights, sounds and equipment to create an interactive and calming environment for the children to learn or relax in.
The two sensory rooms will benefit more than 30 SEN children across the two schools.
Joint headteacher Kim Kirchin says the school is eternally grateful for Jordan’s efforts.
She said: “We are proud and grateful for the fact that Jordan has raised a huge amouunt to make a difference to all the children here.
“These rooms will help keep the kids calm and relaxed, while also keeping them focused. The Hutchisons are such a lovely family and they’ve been determined to make this happen from the moment they decided to start their fundraising.”
Fellow joint headteacher Louise McGeachie said: “It’s wonderful to see an ex-pupil giving back to the community, there is a joint need for this.
“These rooms will not only help the SEN children who are here, but all 850 of our pupils.”