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Come on X Factor's Gary Barlow, help little Dylan save his special school in Stroud

By Ben_Falconer  |  Posted: December 19, 2013

Dylan Nobes with St Rose's headteacher Wendy Newby

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DYLAN Nobes won’t give up in his quest to help ease his school’s financial worries - and he’s determined to enlist some celebrity help.

The Stroud eight-year-old didn’t quite manage to grab Take That star Gary Barlow’s attention when he went to the X-Factor final at the weekend.

But the social media push for help to save St Rose’s Special School goes on.

After appealing through social media websites Facebook and Twitter for help in meeting Gary, he captured the hearts of hundreds of people, keen to help him and his school.

“He held a cake sale and raised £135 but he couldn’t understand why that wasn’t enough,” said his mum Beverley Bishop, 28, from Cashes Green, Stroud.

“He said Gary Barlow might be able to help with a few ideas, so we took a picture and asked people to share it on Facebook and Twitter, and thankfully many people did.

“We didn’t get to meet Gary - he’s a very busy person and we know he does a lot for charities - but it was great to be at the final, and hopefully Dylan has raised the profile of the situation.”

Dylan has quadraplegic cerebral palsy, which means he cannot walk or sit up unaided.

That hasn’t stopped him campaigning to help save the school - it warned recently that falling pupil numbers meant it faced financial uncertainty.

Trustees have, however, said they were working on an urgent rescue plan.

They’ve got the full support of Dylan too.

“He knows what he wants,” said Beverley. “He is a very determined little boy.”

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  • colesy1001  |  December 19 2013, 5:11PM

    Fair play to Dylan, really admirable. Although if celebrities and other rich folk didn't keep trying to hide their income from the tax office then schools (and other services) wouldn't need rescue plans. http://tinyurl.com/ctrc3et