Charity gives new minibus to school

Representatives of the Lords Taverners charity hand over the key for a new minibus to the headteacher of Collingwood School Richard Jones.
Representatives of the Lords Taverners charity hand over the key for a new minibus to the headteacher of Collingwood School 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 minibus.

The new 17-seat Lord’s Taverners minibus, costing over £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 Lord’s Taverners has placed more than 1,100 accessible minibuses across schools in 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 over £3m this year to enable more than 200,000 young people with disabilities to enjoy new places and experiences across the UK.