Norwich youngsters benefit from new Lord's Taverners minibus
Representatives from the Norfolk Lord’s Taverners and Lady Taverners, were joined by BBC Look East presenter Stewart White last week (8 December), to present staff and pupils at Hall School (Norwich) with a new Lord’s Taverners wheelchair accessible minibus.
Since 1976, the Lord’s Taverners has placed over 1,100 accessible minibuses across schools in the UK. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the first minibus giveaway, 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.
Hall School is a complex special needs school catering for young people aged 3-19 with severe learning difficulties. All pupils have significant and complex needs including severe learning difficulties, profound and multiple learning difficulties, autistic spectrum disorder and multi-sensory impairment.
The new 16-seat wheelchair accessible minibus will enable pupils to travel outside of school, attend new places and gain new experiences. The new vehicle will provide access to sporting activities such as table cricket, boccia and many more vital facilities in the local area.
Hall School Headteacher, Keith McKenzie, said: “The Lord's Taverners have helped to remove huge hurdles for our complex needs students, who can now travel far and wide to enjoy all sporting opportunities. Thank you to the Lord's Taverners for opening the door to a sporting world for all of our students.”