Mark Lawrenson presents minibus to Liverpool youngsters
Pupils and staff at Millstead Primary School in Liverpool enjoyed a double boost today as they officially received the keys to their brand new specially adapted minibus and had a visit from Liverpool footballing legend Mark Lawrenson. Lawrenson, who won five First Division titles and a European Cup with Liverpool in the 1980s, was given a tour of the school and enjoyed meeting the students before presenting the keys to their new minibus.
Millstead caters for 130 young people aged 2-11 with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties, and autism. Many of the pupils have secondary diagnoses such as visual, hearing and sensory impairments, and a number require one to one support throughout the school day.
The new 15-seat specially adapted minibus is essential for enabling students access to the local community which is crucial in the development of the pupils' social skills. The community visits will help pupils learn essential life skills for future independent living such as hygiene, safety and communication skills.
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 Millstead School.
Since 1976, the Lord's Taverners has placed over 1,150 accessible minibuses to schools across the UK. The iconic 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.
Michelle Beard, headteacher at Millstead Primary School said: "This minibus will allow us to get the children out into the community which is so important on a number of levels. One of the things that we are very keen to do to is break down any barriers in society about disability and people with additional needs, so getting our children out into the community, enjoying what their mainstream peers would enjoy is a big part of what we do."
Mark Lawrenson, who played nearly 250 times for Liverpool, added: "When you look at the kids in this school, you think oh my goodness what a difference to the world this could make for them. The overall impact that it will have is massive and this school is just fantastic."