A review of our minibus programme in 2017
In 2017, the Lord’s Taverners donated 43 specially adapted minibuses to SEN schools and organisations across the UK. The minibuses are a lifeline to these schools and help more young people to get out into the community, more often. This year has seen 7,178 young people with disabilities benefit from the Lord’s Taverners minibus programme. Over £1.5m has been raised this year to help fund the minibuses, with special thanks to a number of partners, such as the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, The Game Fair 2017, 100 Property Club, the PEN Trust and Waitrose.
Since 1976, the Lord’s Taverners has helped to provide over 1,150 accessible minibuses for schools and organisations in the UK. The iconic Lord’s Taverners minibuses help give disadvantaged and disabled young people the chance to engage with their local community, taking part in sporting and leisure activities, enhancing school curriculums and building important life skills in the process.
Judith Chamberlain is Headteacher of Lakeside School who cater for 70 young people aged 2-19 with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties, and autism. Lakeside received a minibus in November thanks to funds raised at The Game Fair 2017, and Judith summarised the importance of the bus: “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.”