Game Fair support provides Lakeside School with a new minibus
Lord Salisbury and captain of Team GBs Wheelchair Rugby team, Chris Ryan, were on hand in Welwyn Garden City today to present staff and pupils of Lakeside School with a new wheelchair accessible minibus on behalf of the Lord’s Taverners.
Lakeside School caters for 70 young people aged 2-19 with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties, and autism. Approximately a third of the school’s pupils have significant disabilities with 20 being wheelchair users.
The new 16-seat wheelchair accessible minibus is essential for enabling students access to the local community to attend weekly swimming lessons, football and boccia matches, and work experience opportunities. Over half of the school’s pupils have autism and for them using public transport or walking long distances is not possible so being able to transport these children safely to off site venues is crucial.
This minibus has been made possible thanks to support from The Game Fair, the festival of the Great British Countryside that takes place at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. The Lord’s Taverners were a charity partner of the event in 2017 and it raised £15,000 towards the funding of Lakeside School’s new minibus.
Lakeside School, Headteacher, Judith Chamberlain, said: “We are very grateful to the Lord’s Taverners and The Game Fair for providing us with this minibus. Because of the complexities of their needs our pupils are not able to use public transport, so our minibuses are vital to ensure our pupils can engage in a variety of activities off site which enrich their education.”
James Gower, Managing Director of The Game Fair, commented: "Each year we select an official charity to support and partner with. We are immensely proud to have worked alongside the Lord’s Taverners to provide vital support, enriching the lives of pupils at Lakeside School in Hertfordshire. Thank you to all of the visitors to The Game Fair 2017 who helped raise funds to support the valuable work that the Lord’s Taverners carry out.”