West Kent Christmas Lunch

10th Jan 2017

Thanks to the fund raising of the West Kent Region of the Lord’s Taverners the students of the Livability Nash College in Bromley now have a new specially adapted £58,000 minibus to ensure they can continue to be mobile.

The minibus which can seat up to15 students with physical disabilities thanks to its specially designed wheelchair lift and clever seating was presented to Nash College by Steve Davis, the six times world snooker champion, and cricketing legends Derek Underwood and Chris Cowdrey assisted by Paralympic Gold Medal winner Will Bayley.

Receiving the key for the minibus, Steve McDermot of Nash College said: “This new vehicle will make a real difference to the students and will enable them to take part in so many activities. I cannot thank the Taverners enough for their generosity and when we arrive back at the college everyone will be so excited thank you so much.”

The presentation was made at the start of the West Kent Region Lord’s Taverners Christmas Lunch at the Spa Hotel on Wednesday. The lunch was also attended by George Cohen of 1966 World Cup fame and Alan Curbishley, ex Charlton and West Ham Manager and Stuart Chalmers, former Scottish Rugby Union player.

All of the 200 guests at the event enjoyed the mind boggling tricks of entertainer Graham Jolley and a Q&A with Steve Davis and international referee Machaela Tabb, that gave an insight into the world of snooker.

The event which is the 27th Christmas Lunch to be organised by the West Kent Region is just one of three major events held every year to raise funds for minibuses and sports equipment for disadvantaged youngsters. These events are very generously supported by celebrities and local businesses as well as individual members of the Taverners.

In 2016 the Lord’s Taverners provided 40 specially adapted minibuses and more than one million sporting chances for disadvantaged youngsters throughout the country. With games such as table top and disability cricket now offering opportunities across the whole of the UK for youngsters of all ages and disabilities to enjoy competitive sport.

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