TV star presents special school with bus

PUPILS at a special school are being given easier access to the community, after being presented with a brand new minibus by a TV star.

Film critic and cricket fan Barry Norman presented the bus to pupils at Greenside School in Stevenage yesterday (Wednesday).

The �48,000 bus, which is wheelchair accessible, has 16 seats and will be used to take students out on day trips, and encourage them to take part in sport.

The minibus came from UK sport and disability charity The Lord’s Taverners.

Matthew Patten, chief executive of The Lord’s Taverners, said: “We believe that sport and recreation are essential for all young people, particularly those with special needs.

“This minibus will help the Greenside youngsters get out and enjoy new places and experiences. We are proud to support the staff, parents and young people of Greenside School.”

Supermarket Waitrose also helped out, by funding the bus through a number of initiatives.

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It held a golf day, white water rafting, bake-a-thon and a Community Matters Scheme across stores in Herts and Cambs.

Phil Archer, Waitrose branch manager, said: “We are delighted to continue our support of The Lord’s Taverners and hope this minibus will make it easier for more young people to get involved in the activities they enjoy.”