Highways UK and Lord's Taverners to put new accessible minibus on the road
Highways UK and the Lord’s Taverners have announced a partnership that will see hundreds of disadvantaged and disabled young people benefit from a new accessible minibus.
Highways UK is a major event bringing together those responsible for planning, developing, managing and maintaining the UK’s road network which takes place at the NEC Birmingham on 16/17 November and attendees and exhibitors will be hoping to raise £25,000 to help put a new minibus on the road.
The Lord’s Taverners minibuses provide a vital lifeline for youngsters to get out and engage with their local community by getting more access to the facilities that may not have been previously available to them and builds important life skills in the process.
And, as the Lord’s Taverners celebrate the 40th anniversary of the programme, another of the iconic green minibuses could join the 1,100 that have already been presented to schools since 1976 thanks to the partnership between Highways UK and the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity.
Group managing director of Highways UK Andrew Dowding said: “People in the highways sector are very generous and community minded and they do love their sport so I am sure there will be an enthusiastic response to our appeal at the Highways UK event to raise the cash for a new minibus for the charity. As an industry we can offer great careers to the disadvantaged and disabled so I would hope our Lord’s Taverners minibus will help introduce young people to the broad range of opportunity on offer in the highways business.”
Every year, the Lord’s Taverners donate over £3 million to help young people of all abilities and backgrounds participate in sporting activities. In 2015 the Lord’s Taverners ensured that over 188,000 young people were given a sporting chance, creating 9.4 million sporting chances across all charitable programmes, including disability cricket, community cricket, minibuses, wheelchair sports, disability play spaces, sensory rooms and more.
Lord’s Taverners CEO Paul Robin added: “We’re delighted to be working with Highways UK and their stakeholders to help put a new minibus on the road. Our accessible minibuses make a huge difference to disadvantaged and disabled young people throughout the UK, and it’s most fitting therefore that we are looking to put a new minibus on the road in partnership with those who help plan, manage and maintain the UK’s road network.”