Law Family Charitable Foundation help fund twelfth minibus
Representatives of the Lord’s Taverners were in Cheadle Hulme (Cheshire) this week (7 March) to present staff and pupils at Seashell Trust with a new Lord’s Taverners wheelchair accessible minibus.
Since 1976, the Lord’s Taverners has placed over 1,100 accessible minibuses across schools in the UK. The iconic Lord’s Taverners minibuses provide disadvantaged and disabled young 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.
Seashell Trust is a national charity supporting over 120 children and young adults aged 2-25 with complex learning disabilities and additional communication needs from across the UK. Seashell specialises in providing education and care for young people who have the most complex neuro-disabilities/needs in society including children with a combination of deafness, blindness, autism and attendant profound physical and multiple learning disabilities and/or difficulties (PMLD).
The new 16-seat wheelchair accessible minibus will enable young people at Seashell to continue to access educational, sporting and social opportunities. This includes work experience placements, leisure trips to places such as Chester Zoo, Blackpool and the Trafford Centre as well as many sporting opportunities.
This minibus has been made possible thanks to the support of the Law Family Charitable Foundation, who have donated over £14,000 towards the new vehicle for Seashell Trust. Funding from the Foundation has helped the charity to donate 12 minibuses to such organisations since their support began.
Mark Geraghty, Chief Executive and Principal of Seashell Trust, said: “Our wonderful new Lord’s Taverners minibus is literally a life-line to the local community for our children and young people. As many of them live with us it means that they can access a whole host of activities in the community, from sport through to shopping, facilities that they would struggle to get to without a wheelchair accessible vehicle.”
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 or background. This minibus will help the Seashell Trust pupils to get out and enjoy new places and experiences in Cheadle Hulme. We are proud to support the staff, parents and young people of the Seashell Trust and thank the Law Family Charitable Foundation for their support, which has enabled us to donate 12 minibuses to schools and organisations throughout the UK.”