Fireworks organisers donate £10,000 for school minibus
A CHEQUE for £10,000 has been presented to Bishopswood Special School in Sonning Common by Henley
A CHEQUE for £10,000 has been presented to Bishopswood Special School in Sonning Common by Henley Round Table.
The money will go towards a new 13-seater Renault Master minibus that is due to be delivered to the school in the spring.
The £39,000 vehicle will include a rear lift to enable wheelchairs to access it. Round Table chairman George Thomas said that £5,500 of the total was made at the failed fireworks display at Swiss Farm in Henley earlier this month.
The show was cancelled when the firing system failed, disappointing the 2,000-strong crowd.
Mr Thomas said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be able to donate the money to Bishopswood, a cause we have been supporting for a number of years. Historically, Bishopswood and the Chiltern Centre for disabled children in Henley are where the big donations go to but we also make smaller donations to local clubs and societies. We are always open to people asking us for money by letter.”
Headteacher Janet Kellett said the minibus would be “very important” for the pupils. She said: “We take them on educational visits and to swim at Henley leisure centre and they have outings — we’re taking some to Harry Potter World next week.
“We’re in quite a rural area so it’s vital we have the minibus. If we didn’t we would have to hire one.
“We really appreciate the Round Table donation. We try to do our own fund-raising but donations like this really help us.”