New minibus for Southport youngsters
Merefield School in Southport, Merseyside were the recipients of a brand new wheelchair accessible minibus this week (14 November). Representitives of the Lord's Taverners were on hand to present the new minibus to staff and pupils of the SEN school.
Merefield School is a special school for 92 pupils aged between 3-19 who all have severe and complex learning needs including Severe Learnding Difficulties, Autism and Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties.
Thanks to the support of players of the People’s Postcode Lottery (PPL)The new 15-seat wheelchair accessible minibus will be used to facilitate increased participation in sporting competitions and events, as well as increased opportunities to experience local community attractions for real life skills learning.
Since 1976, the Lord’s Taverners has placed over 1,150 accessible minibuses across schools in the UK. 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.
Players of PPL play with their postcodes to win cash prizes while raising money for charities and good causes across Great Britain and internationally, and their support of the Lord’s Taverners has helped provide the new minibus for Merefield School.
Brenda Porter, Chair of Governors at Merefield School, said: "Providing us with a minibus will give so much support long term to both our younger children and our young people. It will provide them with an added independence by widening their access within the community and adding to their confidence. Having the minibus in operation has been warmly welcomed by our pupils and also our staff. Thank you."