Cricket charity present adapted minibus to Ashgrove School
1:24pm Friday 4th October 2013 in Penarth news
A LEADING cricket charity has presented Ashgrove School in Penarth with a brand new set of wheels.
The Lord’s Taverners Wales handed staff at the school the keys to a specially-adapted minibus, worth £35,000.
It is the second bys the charity, the official cause of recreational cricket as well as the UK's leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, has presented the school this year, with cricket legend Tony Lewis CBE handing over another in May.
The newest bus was presented at the Royal Porthcawl Golf Club where The Lord’s Taverners Wales members held their 15th annual fundraising golf day.
Ashgrove headteacher Chris Britten said: “The bus is going to make a big difference to the schools and pupils, and means we can now take the children out and about. Not only can we travel long distances, but we can also cater to more of our students – now no one has to miss out on trips!
“The new bus will open many doors for Ashgrove – we are very excited to start planning new trips and events for the children. It is crucial to provide them with experiences outside of the school walls, and now we have the means to do this.
Ashgrove School is a specialist provision teaching children from nursery age to 19 who have Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
Mr Britten added: “It is the interaction with the community that takes place during visits out of school that makes the difference. The pupils extend their learning experience, and hopefully it also opens other people’s eyes to the potential of our young people and what they can offer society. Without such a wonderful donation, this would not always have been possible.”
Chairman of the Lord’s Taverners Wales Ed Meggitt, said: “It was a pleasure to formally present Ashgrove School with their minibus and to meet the pupils. This is what the charity is all about and it’s what makes all the hard work that everyone involved puts in, worthwhile.”
The Lord’s Taverners began as a club founded in 1950 by a group of actors who enjoyed a pint watching the cricket from the old Tavern pub at Lord’s Cricket Ground.