Darren Gough presents new minibus to Doucecroft School ahead of Investec Ashes 2015 Cycle Challenge
Pupils of Doucecroft School were presented with a new Lord’s Taverners minibus yesterday (18 June) by former England cricketer, Darren Gough ahead of his mammoth Investec Ashes 2015 Cycle Challenge. The presentation took place in Tiptree, Essex, with the gift being made possible due to funds raised by staff at Tiptree.
Doucecroft School specialises in educating youngsters aged 3 to 19 with autism spectrum conditions. By providing schools such as Doucecroft with the iconic green Lord’s Taverners minibuses, young disadvantaged and disabled people are afforded the chance to engage with their local community and build important life skills in the process. Since 1976 the Lord’s Taverners has put over 1,050 accessible minibuses on the road across the UK.
Staff at Tiptree raised over £23,000 towards the minibus after taking on a number of fundraising challenges including one member of staff climbing a 20 metre tall chimney at Wilkin and Sons, in Tiptree, despite being scared of heights.
Darren Gough, ex-England cricketer, stated: “I am delighted to be here to present the Doucecroft youngsters with a new minibus. It is crucial that these children get the opportunity to get out and about and involved with sport. The minibuses give them a Sporting Chance, providing an opportunity to gain access to numerous facilities that they wouldn’t otherwise have had.”
This summer, former England cricketer Darren Gough will be leading over 100 cyclists on the Investec 2015 Ashes Cycle Challenge, a 300-mile ride from Manchester to London between the 2005 Ashes venues, to raise further funds for the Lord’s Taverners and local charities. To donate to Darren’s fundraising efforts please visit: www.lordstaverners.org/ashescycle.
The Lord’s Taverners will donate over £3 million this year to help give disadvantaged and disabled young people a ‘sporting chance’. The charity has put over 1,050 minibuses on the road since 1976, enabling over 20,000 young people with disabilities to enjoy new places and experiences every year.
Paul Robin, Chief Executive of the Lord’s Taverners, said: “The Lord's Taverners is passionate about enhancing the prospects of young disadvantaged and disabled people through the medium of sport. Having ambassadors of the quality of Darren Gough highlights the importance of the work which we do, and we wish Darren well as he leads our charge for the Investec Ashes 2015 Cycle Challenge. Thanks also to Tiptree for their fantastic support and making the donation of this minibus possible”.