Treloar Trust Appeal by Richard Stilgoe Broadcast on BBC Radio 4

Treloar’s Patron, Richard Stilgoe, has made a special appeal on behalf of Treloar’s on BBC Radio 4.

[UKPRwire, Fri Jun 12 2009] Treloar’s Patron, Richard Stilgoe, has made a special appeal on behalf of Treloar’s on BBC Radio 4. The songwriter, lyricist and musician renowned for his comic songs and many appearances on TV and radio, is also a Patron of Treloar Trust.

The Treloar Trust runs Treloar School and Treloar Collage in Alton Hampshire, and provides education, care, therapy, medical support and independence training to young people with physical disabilities. Their aim is to prepare disabled young people for adult life, giving them the confidence and skills to achieve their full potential.

Richard Stilgoe’s moving appeal was broadcast between Sunday 31st May and Saturday 6th June 2009 on BBC Radio 4. During the broadcast, Stilgoe described some of his experiences at Treloar’s:

"Fifteen years ago I went to Treloar's School to do a song-writing workshop. I asked what I've found to be a useful opening question - "What do you hate most?" - and a fifteen year-old boy in a wheelchair said "I hate being a shadow". So we wrote a song about that.

Treloar's students are some of the most severely disabled young people in the UK today. They are also brave, determined, and able to come out of the shadows, thanks to the care they receive at Treloar's, and thanks to your support."
Stilgoe ended his appeal broadcast by saying "On behalf of a lot of brave young people, who next time I see them will say "stop calling us brave" - thank you."

Other famous Patrons of Treloar Trust include Michael Aspel OBE, Alastair Stewart OBE, Alan Titchmarsh MBE DL, and Canon Roger Royle.

Listeners of the appeal can support the work of Treloar Trust by donating online at, and the broadcast can be heard in full at

Founded in 1907 Treloar’s is a registered charity. Most income comes from fees, but Treloar’s also need to fundraise for a further £2 million a year to stay at the forefront of education and services for physically disabled people.

Company: Treloar Trust

Contact Name: Josh Whiten

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Contact Phone: 020 3239 9582

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