Greg James presents new Lord's Taverners minibus to Enfield youngsters with disabilities ahead of Marathon challenge
Radio and TV presenter, Greg James, paid a visit to young people and staff at Radiomarathon in Enfield last week (22 April) to present their new Lord’s Taverners accessible minibus, which was made possible thanks to funds raised by the Investec Ashes 2013 Cycle Challenge.
The minibus came about as a result of the fundraising efforts of staff at the London office of Investec Wealth & Investment who donated part of the funds raised from their 340-mile cycle challenge to the Lord’s Taverners, the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity. Funding support also came from local flooring specialist The Floor Shop, a long-time Radiomarathon supporter.
Radiomarathon provides facilities and care for children and young adults with learning disabilities in Enfield and surrounding areas of north London. The centre promotes independence and gives young people the necessary skills to gain employment. The new 16-seat wheelchair accessible minibus will provide more opportunities for students to access the local community and the centre.
The Investec Ashes 2013 Cycle Challenge saw over 70 staff from nine Investec Wealth & Investment offices, representatives of the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and other guests cycle between the five Investec Ashes Test Match grounds. A number of celebrity sportspeople took part in the challenge, including Ashes-winning former England captain and Lord’s Taverners ambassador, Mike Gatting, and celebrity TV diving judge and former Olympic Silver medallist, Leon Taylor. The challenge raised over £250,000 for the Lord’s Taverners and a number of local charities.
This summer, former England cricketer Darren Gough will be leading over 100 cyclists on the Investec 2015 Ashes Cycle Challenge, a 300-mile ride from Manchester to London between the 2005 Ashes venues, to raise further funds for the Lord’s Taverners and local charities. To donate to Goughie’s fundraising efforts please visit: www.lordstaverners.org/ashescycle
Investment Director for Investec Wealth & Investment, Simon Tabb, completed the 2013 challenge and got the chance to see the fruits of his labours at Radiomarathon, Simon said: “Seeing the smiles on the faces of the young people when their new minibus arrived brought home how big a difference it will make to their lives. Every one of those painful miles cycling across the country in 2013 was well worth it and I’m now more determined than ever to raise even more funds for the Lord’s Taverners again this summer!”
The Lord’s Taverners will donate over £3 million this year to help give disadvantaged and disabled young people a ‘sporting chance’. The charity has put over 1,050 minibuses on the road since 1976, enabling over 20,000 young people with disabilities to enjoy new places and experiences every year.
Paul Robin, Chief Executive of the Lord’s Taverners, said: “The Lord's Taverners believes that sport and recreation are essential for all young people, regardless of ability. This minibus will help the young people of Radiomarathon get out and enjoy new places and experiences. We are hugely grateful to the Investec Wealth & Investment staff who achieved such a fantastic fundraising total in 2013 to improve the lives of young people with disabilities. We hope that the 2015 team, led by Darren Gough, can raise even more funds on this summer’s Investec Cycle Challenge.”