Sunday, 22 October 2017

Reading Buses make boys' dream come true

A BOY with autism had his dream come true when he was treated to a visit to a bus depot and got up close with a pink double-decker.

Harry Croft, six, from Caversham, is fascinated by Reading Buses’ pink vehicles so he was devastated when he learned he would be away with his family when the company held its latest open day.

Then a member of staff at Emmer Green Primary School, where Harry is a pupil, wrote to the company.

Sandy Onofrio explained that due to his needs Harry would be moving to a special school in Wokingham after two years at the primary.

She wrote: “To say thank you and goodbye to the teachers and staff that have looked after him at Emmer Green his mum had a No 23 bus cake made for all of us to enjoy.

“I am now writing to you to ask if we could arrange for Harry to have a special tour of the Reading Buses depot.”

Reading Buses academy manager Mick Hughes arranged for Harry and his parents, Matthew, 43, an accountant, and Mrudula, 44, a hospital pharmacist, and five-year-old sister Holly to make a special visit to the Great Knollys Street depot.

Mrs Croft said: “The special visit really has been a dream come true for Harry, who has autism and is obsessed with Reading buses because of the different colours.

“We have to plan all our trips around him, catching the pink 23, so when he was able to sit in the driver’s seat of his favourite coloured bus and taken through the bus wash it was absolutely fantastic. Mick had even arranged for Harry’s name to be displayed on top of the bus and I cannot explain what that meant to him.

“It was all quite emotional and the visit was so much more than we expected. So much thought went into the visit, which also included the workshop and men working underneath the buses, which was very interesting.

“Harry couldn’t contain his excitement; he was overwhelmed. There isn’t a day when he doesn’t talk about the visit and he wants to go again.

“It was so much more than we expected and we cannot thank Reading Buses, and especially Mick, enough for what they have done to make Harry so happy.”

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