PPL funding helps put wheels on the road in Cumbria
Representatives of the Lord’s Taverners were in Ulverston, Cumbria last week (6 December) to present staff and pupils at Sandside Lodge School with a new specially adapted minibus.
Sandside Lodge School is a special school that meets the needs of 68 young people aged 2-19 with severe or profound learning difficulties including those with physical disabilities. Many of the pupils have a diagnosis of autism as well as their learning difficulty and several have complex health needs alongside profound learning difficulties.
The new 16-seat wheelchair accessible minibus will help all the pupils at the school to access extra-curricular activities, including visits to other schools and colleges, local community facilities and further afield in the Lake District. It will also be used for after school clubs, holiday clubs and access to sports and leisure activities.
This minibus has been made possible thanks to the support of players of the People’s Postcode Lottery (PPL). 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 Sandside Lodge School.
Teacher at Sandside Lodge School, Sheila Mitton, said: “Our new minibus will be used to deliver our life skills curriculum which involves our young people participating in activities that aim to enhance their life experience and equip them with skills for their future. It will enable them to access local sports facilities and community sports events. It will also be used for out of hours activities and after school clubs. I personally became involved with the minibus funding as I could see the benefit of being able to transport our pupils and their specialist trikes to a safe place to cycle so they could complete their Duke of Edinburgh expeditions. Thank you to the Lord’s Taverners for their valuable support.”