Saxon Wood School presented with new minibus

22nd Jun 2016
Saxon Wood School presented with new minibus

The Lord's Taverners were in Basingstoke on Tuesday to present a new accessible minibus to Saxon Wood School.

The new 16-seater minibus, sponsored by Richard Cook Ltd, will be used for class trips, attending hydrotherapy sessions, swimming lessons and much more by the pupils at the Basingstoke School which caters for youngsters with physical disabilities and associated learning difficulties, many of who have cerebral palsy and use wheelchairs.

The new accessible minibus, which was also made possible by fundraising from the Lady Taverners, will be a vital lifeline for users to get out and experience their local community.

Head Teacher at Saxon Wood School, Richard Parratt, said: “The staff and pupils at Saxon Wood would like to take this opportunity to thank Lord Taverners, Richard Cook Ltd, Weybridge Golf Club and Saxon Wood Association for raising the funds to enable us to take receipt of a new minibus.

“Saxon Wood is a school for children with physical disabilities and associated learning difficulties. Our children really enjoy off-site activities such as horse riding, hydrotherapy and curriculum based class trips. It is having minibuses that enable us to ensure all our pupils have access to these activities. This extends their education whilst giving them enjoyment and opportunities to be part of the local community.

“Many of our pupils also have communication difficulties. The school bus is also used by pupils to access activities that give them opportunities to practice speaking and listening skills. For some of our pupils this is vital as they use communication systems and equipment that take a lot of practice to learn to use effectively. This often includes visits to cafes, a favourite to most children as they have to order their choice of cake! This also gives opportunities to become more independent and develop life skills.

“Our appreciation to all those involved with helping us get a new bus is immense. Thank you all so much.”

The Lord’s Taverners, the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, will donate over £3 million this year to help give disadvantaged and disabled young people a ‘sporting chance’ in life. Since 1976, the Lord’s Taverners has placed over 1,110 accessible minibuses across schools in the UK.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the first minibus donation, and to celebrate this, the charity will be giving away a record 40 minibuses in 2016.

The iconic Lord’s Taverners minibuses provide disadvantaged and disabled young people with the chance to engage with their local community by getting more access to the facilities on offer and build important life skills in the process.

Paul Robin, chief executive of the Lord’s Taverners, said: “The Lord's Taverners believes that sport and recreation are essential for all young people, regardless of ability or background. This minibus will help the young people at Saxon Wood School to get out and enjoy new places and experiences in their region and we are proud to support their work.”

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