Beacon Hill School & Specialist College receives new Lord's Taverners minibus
Staff and pupils at Beacon Hill School and Specialist College (Tyne and Wear) have been presented with a new Lord’s Taverners wheelchair accessible minibus this week (31 October).
Since 1976, the Lord’s Taverners has placed over 1,100 accessible minibuses across schools in the UK. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the first minibus giveaway, and to celebrate this, the charity will be giving away a record 40 minibuses in 2016. 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.
Beacon Hill School caters for 162 pupils up to the age of 19 with severe and profound multiple learning difficulties. The young people come from a wide range of family situations but almost 50% come from families in areas within the three lowest bands for multiple deprivation.
The new minibus will enable all pupils to engage with the wider world, increase their confidence and social skills, and take part in opportunities and experiences that would otherwise be inaccessible to them.
Beacon Hill School & Specialist College Headteacher, Justina Terretta, said: “We at Beacon Hill are thrilled to receive one of the 40th Anniversary Lord’s Taverners minibuses, it means so much for our children and young people who will now be able to access community and sports activities that they would not have been able to do without this generous donation. Our students can now explore the local community and at the same time learn independent skills to enable them to travel on their own in the future. This helps us to achieve our aim of preparing our students for a fulfilled life after school and to feel a vital part of the local community.”