Charity donates new minibus to school

Representatives of the Lords Taverners hand over the minibus key to the schools headteacher, Richard Jones.
Representatives of the Lords Taverners hand over the minibus key to the schools headteacher, Richard Jones.

A school that caters for pupils with a range of disabilities has received a specially-adapted minibus.

Representatives of the Lord’s Taverners presented staff and pupils at Collingwood School and Media Arts College, in Morpeth, with the new means of transportation.

The 17-seat vehicle, costing more than £48,000, will be used on a daily basis to allow pupils from all year groups to connect with the local community, going on recreational and educational trips while remaining safe.

Since 1976, the charity has provided more than 1,100 accessible minibuses to schools across the UK.

The iconic Lord’s Taverners minibuses provide young disadvantaged and disabled 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.

Jamie Graham, chairman of the Northumberland and Durham Lord’s Taverners, said: “The Lord’s Taverners believes that sport and recreation are essential for all young people, regardless of ability or background.

“This minibus will help the Collingwood pupils to get out and enjoy new places and experiences in Morpeth and beyond.

“We are proud to support the staff, parents and young people of Collingwood School and Media Arts College.”

In total, the Lord’s Taverners will donate more than £3million this year to enable more than 200,000 young people with disabilities to enjoy new places and experiences throughout the country.