New Lord's Taverners minibus for Stockport youngsters

Castle Hill High School are presented with their new minibus

Castle Hill High School are presented with their new minibus
©Gareth Lowe

Lord's Taverners and Investec Wealth & Investment representatives this week handed over a new Lord's Taverners minibus to staff and pupils at Castle Hill High School in Stockport.

The minibus was presented as a result of the Investec Ashes 2015 Cycle Challenge, which raised more than £200,000 this summer for the Lord's Taverners and other beneficiaries.

Castle Hill High School is a secondary special school that caters for 158 pupils aged between 11 and 16, who have a range of special education needs and/or disabilities. The majority have moderate or severe learning difficulties while others have either autistic spectrum disorders or social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

The Lord's Taverners has, since 1976, now placed more than 1,100 accessible minibuses on the roads in the UK, and 10 of those have come thanks to the 2013 and 2015 Cycle Challenges.

Former England cricketer Darren Gough and more than 100 cyclists successfully rode the 300 miles from Manchester to London between the 2005 Ashes venues to raise money for the Lord's Taverners and local charities.

The iconic Lord's Taverners minibuses give young and disabled people the opportunity to engage with their local community by getting more access to facilities on offer and build important life skills in the process.

Carl Mitchell, Investment Manager at Investec Wealth & Investment, said: "It was extremely humbling to see the culmination of our fundraising efforts over the summer to contribute towards Castle Hill High School’s new minibus.

"It was fantastic to meet some of the young people who will benefit from the minibus – it really brought it home what our fund-raising efforts have achieved."

Paul Robin, Chief Executive of the Lord’s Taverners, said: "The Lord’s Taverners is delighted to present Castle Hill School with their new minibus.

"The minibus scheme is deep-rooted in our values to enhance the prospects of disadvantaged and disabled young people in the UK through providing access to sporting and recreational activities.

"Thanks to the fantastic work of Investec and the participants of the Investec Ashes Cycle Challenge we are able to support more schools across the UK and create even more sporting chances."

Castle Hill High School are presented with their new minibus

Castle Hill High School are presented with their new minibus
©Gareth Lowe

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