Stockport youngsters receive new Lord's Taverners minibus thanks to Investec Ashes 2015 Cycle Challenge
Representatives of the Lord’s Taverners and the Manchester office of Investec Wealth & Investment presented staff and pupils at Castle Hill High School in Stockport with a new minibus on 8 December. The minibuses were presented as a direct result of the Investec Ashes 2015 Cycle Challenge which raised over £200,000 for the Lord’s Taverners and other beneficiaries.
Castle Hill High School is a secondary special school that caters for 158 pupils aged 11-16. The school provides for the needs of its pupils with a range of special educational needs and/or disabilities. Most have moderate or severe learning difficulties while a significant number of pupils have either autistic spectrum disorders or social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.
Since 1976, the Lord’s Taverners has placed over 1,100 accessible minibuses across schools in the UK and, as a result of the success of the 2013 and 2015 Investec Ashes Cycle Challenges, ten new minibuses will be put on the roads for disadvantaged and disabled youngsters throughout the UK.
This summer, former England cricketer Darren Gough and over 100 cyclists conquered 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. The iconic Lord’s Taverners minibuses provide young disadvantaged and disabled people with the chance to engage with their local community by getting more access to the facilities on offer and build important life skills in the process.
Carl Mitchell, Investment Manager at Investec Wealth & Investment, said: “It was extremely humbling to see the culmination of our fundraising efforts over the summer to contribute towards Castle Hill High School’s new minibus. It was fantastic to meet some of the young people who will benefit from the minibus – it really brought it home what our fundraising efforts have achieved.”
Paul Robin, Chief Executive of the Lord’s Taverners, said: “The Lord’s Taverners is delighted to present Castle Hill School with their new minibus. The minibus scheme is deep-rooted in our values to enhance the prospects of disadvantaged and disabled young people in the UK through providing access to sporting and recreational activities. Thanks to the fantastic work of Investec and the participants of the Investec Ashes Cycle Challenge we are able to support more schools across the UK and create even more sporting chances.”