New minibus lifeline for London’s Markfield Project
London’s Markfield Project received a brand new specially adapted minibus last Friday, with television presenter, business and property expert, and Lord’s Taverners supporter Jonnie Irwin in attendance.
The Markfield Project, based in Tottenham, was established in 1979 by parents of disabled children, with the desire to create an inclusive place for disabled and non-disabled children to play. A converted Victorian pump house, it was refurbished to create a community centre and opened by the late Diana Princess of Wales in 1986.
The minibus will be a valuable asset to the community centre, enabling the smooth running of the inclusive after school clubs and holiday play schemes they run. Markfield run youth clubs in the afternoon and evening with music, art, sport, and films enabling young people to socialise, relax and choose activities they enjoy taking part in.
This new transport lifeline for the Markfield Project was made possible thanks to the fundraising efforts of the attendees of Sticky Wicket 2017, in London’s Regent’s Park. Sticky Wicket is a networking day involving companies from the events and exhibitions industry. Next year will be its 12th year, and the day is all about having fun, making new friends and enjoying a game of cricket.
Starring in property shows on the BBC, Channel 4, and Sky, as well as writing a regular column for A Place in the Sun Magazine, Jonnie Irwin is also a supporter of the Lord’s Taverners. In recent times he has donned his whites for the Tavs XI, most notably in Corfu in May against a Corfu Select XI.
Speaking about last week’s presentation, Irwin said: “It was a huge honour to be part of the handover on Friday and get to see first hand the immediate positive impact the minibus is having at The Markfield Project. The ability to take some pressure off parents, staff and volunteers through the practicality of reliable and regular transport speaks for itself.
"To meet some of the young people there who, with the use of the minibus are able to not just enjoy activities at the centre but also enjoy some of the everyday things that many of us simply take for granted, shows just how significant these vehicles are. It was great to see how everyone attending Sticky Wicket and all other Lords Taverners fundraising events can have such a tangible impact in our communities.”
The Lord’s Taverners have been donating accessible minibuses to schools and organisations such as the Markfield Project since 1976 and it is the generosity of attendees at events such as Sticky Wicket that enable the Lord’s Taverners to give more young people a sporting chance.