Broadcast legend presents new Lord's Taverners minibus to special Stevenage youngsters

19th Sep 2012
Broadcast legend presents new Lord's Taverners minibus to special Stevenage youngsters

Film critic and cricket fan, Barry Norman CBE, was in Hertfordshire today (Wednesday 19 September) to present a new Lord’s Taverners minibus, sponsored by Waitrose, to Greenside School in Stevenage.

Greenside is a special school that caters for 114 pupils aged 2-19 years with severe or profound learning difficulties. The new 16-seat wheelchair-accessible minibus from The Lord’s Taverners, costing £48,000, will change the lives of the Greenside youngsters. The school has recently experienced an increase in number of pupils who use wheelchairs and therefore require a larger vehicle to enable every pupil to access the community.

The minibus has been made possible thanks to the fundraising efforts of partners from local Waitrose branches, who are currently raising money via a sponsored relay of the presentation key between all of the Group L branches in Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire. Waitrose partners have raised funds through a series of initiatives, including a golf day, white water rafting, bake-a-thon and its Community Matters Scheme. This is the fourth Lord’s Taverners minibus to be presented thanks to the efforts of Waitrose partners since 2010. The partnership is set to keep improving the lives of young people in local communities with more minibuses on the way.

The Lord’s Taverners, the official charity of recreational cricket and one of the UK’s leading youth sports and disability charities, will donate over £3 million this year to help give young people, particularly those with special needs, a sporting chance. The Lord’s Taverners donates nearly one minibus every 10 days to organisations such as Greenside School and presented its landmark 1,000th last week during a special presentation at Essex County Cricket Club on 12 September.

Phil Archer, Waitrose Branch Manager and Local Community Lead, said: "We are delighted to continue our support of The Lord's Taverners and hope this minibus will make it easier for more young people to get involved in the activities they enjoy."

Matthew Patten, 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 Greenside youngsters get out and enjoy new places and experiences. We are proud to support the staff, parents and young people of Greenside School.”

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