Pupils to benefit from new minibus

Youngsters at the Loyne School are handed the key to their new Lord's Taverners minibus.
Youngsters at the Loyne School are handed the key to their new Lord's Taverners minibus.

Disabled youngsters at a Lancaster school will benefit from a new minibus donated by a national sporting charity.

Representatives of The Lord’s and Lady Taverners presented the new wheelchair accessible minibus to The Loyne Specialist School last Friday (May 11).

The Loyne Specialist School caters for 116 pupils with severe and profound learning difficulties.

Nearly a quarter of the pupils have additional needs relating to autistic spectrum conditions.

All pupils follow a specialist curriculum that is structured to meet their individual needs and are closely supported by a wide range of paramedical staff.

The new 13-seat wheelchair accessible minibus from The Lord’s Taverners, costing £48,000, will change the lives of the Loyne youngsters, enabling pupils to go on educational community visits that help all pupils to access a wide range of activities which enhance their learning, development and broaden their social skills.

The Lord’s Taverners is the official charity for recreational cricket and the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, whose objective is to give young people, particularly those with special needs, a sporting chance.

This year The Lord’s Taverners will donate more than £3m to help young people of all abilities and backgrounds participate in sporting activities by channelling funding into specific schemes.

The charity donates one minibus every 10 days to organisations such as The Loyne Specialist School.

Tim Berg, acting chief executive of The Lord’s Taverners, said: “The Lord’s Taverners believes that sport and recreation are essential for all young people, particularly those with special needs.

“This minibus will help the Loyne youngsters get out and enjoy new places and experiences. We are proud to support the staff, parents and young people of The Loyne Specialist School.”

The Lord’s Taverners was founded in 1950 and has raised and distributed more than £30m to schools, clubs and special needs organisations in the UK in the last decade.

You can find out more about The Lord’s Taverners and future fundraising events at www.lordstaverners.org.