Lord's Taverners present four minibuses thanks to the Investec Ashes Cycle Challenge

20th Nov 2015
Lord's Taverners present four minibuses thanks to the Investec Ashes Cycle Challenge

The Lord’s Taverners has presented four minibuses in the space of two days this week thanks to the Investec Ashes Cycle Challenge.

On Wednesday 18 November the Lord’s Taverners donated Rowan School and Freeman College in Sheffield with a new accessible minibus each before heading to Stanley School, Wirral, and Lansbury Bridge School, Merseyside, on Thursday 19 November.

Since 1976, the Lord’s Taverners has placed over 1,100 accessible minibuses across schools in the UK and, as a result of the success of the 2013 and 2015 Investec Ashes Cycle Challenges, ten new minibuses will be put on the roads for disadvantaged and disabled youngsters throughout the UK.

This summer, former England cricketer Darren Gough and over 100 cyclists conquered 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. The iconic Lord’s Taverners minibuses provide young disadvantaged and disabled people with the chance to engage with their local community and build important life skills in the process.

Paul Robin, Chief Executive of the Lord’s Taverners, said: “The Lord’s Taverners is delighted to present four minibuses in the space of two days. The minibus scheme is deep-rooted in our values to enhance the prospects of young disadvantaged and disabled people in the UK through the medium of sport. Thanks to the fantastic work of Investec and the participants of the Investec Ashes Cycle Challenge we are able to support more schools across the UK and create even more sporting chances.”

James Bedingfield, Senior Investment Director at Investec Wealth & Investment, said: “It was extremely humbling to see the culmination of our fundraising efforts over the summer to contribute towards minibuses for the Rowan School and Freeman College. It was fantastic to have so many of our local cyclists take part in the presentation – it really brought it home to us how much this means to the young people.”

Christopher Clay, Senior Investment Director at the Liverpool office of Investec Wealth & Investment, said: “It was great to be able to handover the minibuses to the two schools and to meet some of the pupils who will benefit. It is really satisfying to know that our fundraising efforts this summer have really made a difference – today has brought this home to us just how much it means to these young people.”

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