Paralympic skier brings joy to Plumstead youngsters
Paralympic Skier Anna Turney and TV chef Raymond Blanc, were at the Brasserie Blanc restaurant in St. Pauls, London yesterday (21 May) to present a special new minibus to youngsters of Willow Dene School from Plumstead.
Willow Dene School caters for 158 pupils aged 3-11 with a wide range of complex, severe and profound learning difficulties. Willow Dene is a large primary school which aims to provide high quality education that is tailored to meet the specific needs of their pupils.
The new 14-seat minibus from The Lord’s Taverners, sponsored by Brasserie Blanc, cost £33,000, and will change the lives of the Willow Dene youngsters, enabling access to regular curriculum activities such as swimming, while helping pupils to make regular trips into the community.
The Lord’s Taverners, the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, will donate over £3 million this year to help give young people a sporting chance. The charity donates one minibus every 10 days to organisations such as Willow Dene School and presented its landmark 1,000th minibus in September 2012 during a special presentation at Essex County Cricket Club.
Paralympic skier, Anna Turney, said: "I was delighted to be involved in the Lord's Taveners and Raymond blanc minibus presentation today. It was lovely to meet some of the pupils who will benefit and Raymond. Sport has really helped me to deal with becoming disabled and I really feel the opportunities the minibus will offer will benefit the children enormously."
Tim Berg, Acting Chief Executive of The Lord’s Taverners, said: “The Lord's Taverners believes that sport and recreation are essential for all young people, particularly those with special needs. This minibus will help the Willow Dene youngsters get out and enjoy new places and experiences. We are proud to support the staff, parents and young people of Willow Dene School.”