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by John Pennington Monday 23 November 2015
The Lord's Taverners have delivered accessible minibuses to Stanley School, Wirral and Lansbury Bridge School, Merseyside, making the presentation at Chester Racecourse.
Ahead of a Cheshire & North Wales Lady Taverners Christmas Fundraiser, Christopher Clay made the presentation on behalf of the Taverners and Investec Wealth & Management.
The minibuses were purchased with some of the funds raised by the 2015 Investec Ashes Cycle Challenge, which raised more than £200,000 for the Taverners and other beneficiaries.
Stanley School specialises in educating children between the ages of two and eleven with learning difficulties including those with Autism Spectrum Conditions and Down Syndrome.
Lansbury Bridge School has been designed and resourced for children with complex learning difficulties, including children with autistic spectrum disorders, physical disabilities, medical difficulties, speech, language and communication difficulties, sensory impairment and a broad range of learning difficulties.
The Lord's Taverners has now placed more than 1,100 accessible minibuses in schools in the UK - including two more last week - and as a result of the success of the 2013 and 2015 Investec Ashes Cycle Challenges, 10 new minibuses are to be put on the roads to help disadvantaged and disabled youngsters throughout the UK.
During the summer, former England cricketer Darren Gough and more than 100 cyclists completed a 300-mile ride from Manchester to London between the 2005 Ashes venues to raise more funds for the Lord's Taverners and local charities.
Paul Robin, Chief Executive of the Lord’s Taverners, said: "The Lord’s Taverners is delighted to present Stanley School and Lansbury Bridge School with their new minibuses.
"The minibus scheme is deep-rooted in our values to enhance the prospects of young disadvantaged and disabled people in the UK through the medium of sport.
"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."
Clay, Senior Investment Director at the Liverpool office of Investec Wealth & Investment, said: "It was great to be able to hand over the minibuses to the two schools and to meet some of the pupils who will benefit.
"It is really satisfying to know that our fundraising efforts this summer have really made a difference – today has brought this home to us just how much it means to these young people."
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