In July, schools across the Trust will be taking part in fundraising activities to support Greg Keating, a Teacher of ICT at our Mascalls Academy who earlier this year contracted meningococcal sepsis and Neisseria meningitis. Initially, doctors feared for his life as the sepsis caused total organ failure along with necrosis of the legs and fingers, resulting in him being placed in a coma for 6 weeks. Remarkably and against the odds Greg pulled through but tragically because of the infection he lost both of his legs and the fingers on both of his hands during his recovery.
Over the last few months, Greg has shown remarkable strength and courage to get back to as normal a life as possible. He is a truly inspiring individual who is currently undergoing significant rehabilitation to allow his to return to the classroom at some point in the next 6-8 months.
Greg believes that every child deserves an education and despite his disabilities wants to return to teaching to inspire and encourage the younger generation and provide them with the IT skills required for this technical age and to show them despite however many times you are knocked down, pick yourself up and keep going.
To help Greg we are holding a non-uniform day to raise money. Greg is a Gillingham FC fan. All pupils and staff across LAT are, therefore, invited to wear Gillingham and Mascalls blue for Greg to raise funds. These funds will be used to purchase better quality prosthetic limbs to help him get around more easily. Our target is £20,000 and we hope to get to this target over the next few months. If you would like to donate privately through Greg’s own crowdfunding web page then you can do so here. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/gregsfund2walkagain
Your donations could make a major difference to one of the most remarkable members of our Trust family.
Simon Beamish, CEO of the Trust, Wayne Barnett, Principal at Mascalls Academy and Greg himself have shared a few words with us in the following video.