EastEnders star presents new minibus to Surrey youngsters

31st Mar 2017
EastEnders star presents new minibus to Surrey youngsters

TV star Karl Howman handed over the keys to a new wheelchair accessible minibus this week (28 March) that will benefit hundreds of youngsters at St Piers School and College in Lingfield.

Howman, who played Buster Briggs for two years in the long running BBC soap opera, EastEnders, and is also well-known for his lead role as Jacko in the popular series Brush Strokes, presented the minibus on behalf of the Lord’s Taverners.

St Piers School and College is a special school for pupils aged five to 19 and caters for children with neurological conditions and behavioural difficulties and helps them to learn new skills, grow in confidence and make new friends.

The new 16-seat wheelchair accessible minibus will ensure pupils gain access to the facilities available in the local community. This will allow youngsters at the school to partake in sporting and other vocational and educational activities.

The donation of the new vehicle has been made possible thanks to support from the 100 Property Club. This is the 21st bus they have helped to fund since their first involvement in 1997 and their fundraising efforts have also contributed to the installation of multi-sensory play spaces at special schools throughout the UK.

Richard Gargon, Principal of St Piers School and College, which is part of Young Epilepsy, said: “Acquiring this minibus is incredibly important for the students at St Piers School and College, based at the heart of our Lingfield campus. It will help our students who are wheelchair users attend activities and experience life outside of our premises with greater ease.

“This generous donation from the Lord’s Taverners gives Young Epilepsy the opportunity to enable our students to expand on their horizons. This donation sends a positive message to the 112,000 young people in the UK with epilepsy as a recognised charity like the Lord’s Taverners show great commitment in sourcing access for those with the neurological condition.”

To find out more about 100 Property Club please click here.

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