The Lord’s Taverners were in Exeter today (24 June) to present a new wheelchair accessible minibus to WESC Foundation.
WESC Foundation (WESC) – The Specialist Centre for Visual Impairment – is a school and college for children, young people and adults with sight loss and additional needs. The charity’s aim is to provide education and care for young people and adults with visual impairment, including complex needs, in their transition through school, college and beyond.
The new 14-seat wheelchair accessible minibus will be a vital lifeline for users to get out and experience their local community. Currently vehicles are used to support access to Riding for the Disabled (RDA) as well as regular transport to Exmouth to enjoy Sailing though the Sailability scheme. More recently they also supported a large group travelling to Heathrow airport on route to a 12 day trip to the USA.
Jill Dudding – Head of Health, WESC Foundation comments: “The opportunity to have a replacement minibus has been very well received by both the staff and young people at WESC Foundation. Young people spend their time at WESC in preparation for adulthood whatever that may look like for them personally, with this in mind, it is essential we support young people to access as many opportunities in the community. These may be for social, recreational or work purposes, having access to such a versatile wheelchair accessible vehicle makes such events possible. Access to such a vehicle also supports learning experiences in the community, field work trips, transport to work experience as well as ensuring we offer equal opportunities to those who are wheelchair dependent. We are very grateful to The Lord’s Taverners for raising funds to provide us with such an up to date vehicle.”
The Lord’s Taverners, the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, will donate over £3 million this year to help give disadvantaged and disabled young people a ‘sporting chance’ in life.
Since 1976, the Lord’s Taverners has placed over 1,110 accessible minibuses across schools in the UK. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the first minibus donation, and to celebrate this, the charity will be giving away a record 40 minibuses in 2016.
The iconic Lord’s Taverners 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.
Paul Robin, chief executive of the 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 young people at the Together Trust to get out and enjoy new places and experiences in their region and we are proud to support their work.”