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by John Pennington Wednesday 6 May 2015
Radio and TV presenter Greg James was on hand to present disabled youngsters in Enfield with a brand new accessible Lord's Taverners minibus.
Funds raised by staff at Investec Wealth & Management's London office during the Investec Ashes 2013 Cycle Challenge were put towards the purchase of the minibus.
These funds were donated to the Lord's Taverners with further funding support coming from local flooring specialist The Floor Shop, a long-time supporter of the Radiomarathon in Enfield, where James presented the new minibus.
Radiomarathon provides facilities and care for children and young adults with learning disabilities in Enfield and surrounding areas of north London, promoting independence and giving young people the skills they need to gain employment.
The new 16-seat Lord's Taverners minibus will provide more opportunities for students to access the local community and the centre.
Over 70 staff from Investec offices, representatives of the England & Wales Cricket Board and other guests cycled between the five Ashes grounds in 2013 in a fund-raising effort.
Former England captain Mike Gatting and Olympic medallist Leon Taylor also participated as the challenge raised more than £250,000 for the Lord's Taverners and local charities.
And this summer, Darren Gough will lead the Investec Ashes Challenge 2015 with more than 100 cyclists taking part.
"Seeing the smiles on the faces of the young people when their new minibus arrived brought home how big a difference it will make to their lives," Simon Tabb, Investment Director for Investec Wealth & Investment, who completed the challenge in 2013, said.
"Every one of those painful miles cycling across the country in 2013 was well worth it and I’m now more determined than ever to raise even more funds for the Lord’s Taverners again this summer," he added.
Paul Robin, Chief Executive of the Lord’s Taverners, added: "The Lord's Taverners believes that sport and recreation are essential for all young people, regardless of ability.
"This minibus will help the young people of Radiomarathon get out and enjoy new places and experiences.
"We are hugely grateful to the Investec Wealth & Investment staff who achieved such a fantastic fundraising total in 2013 to improve the lives of young people with disabilities.
"We hope that the 2015 team, led by Darren Gough, can raise even more funds on this summer’s Investec Cycle Challenge."
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