A NEW minibus to transport disabled children has been delivered to Bishopswood Special School in Sonning
A NEW minibus to transport disabled children has been delivered to Bishopswood Special School in Sonning Common.
The £39,000 Renault Master has 13 seats and a rear lift to enable wheelchair-users to access it.
The vehicle will be paid for by Henley Round Table, which also helped fund the school’s last minibus in 2010. It has already put £10,000 towards it, more than half of which was raised at last year’s fireworks display at Swiss Farm in Henley even though this was cancelled on the night with the crowds already there due to a technical failure with the computerised firing programme.
Round Table chairman Trevor Michel said: “Bishopswood is one of our chosen charities, which we have supported for many years. We have previously provided help with their sensory garden and voluntary help. The old minibus was ageing a little so we thought we’d replace it.”
Bishopswood headteacher Janet Kellett said: “Our numbers are increasing so we do need the minibus, which makes a real difference.
“We use it for a lot of activities, like our weekly visits to the swimming pool and horse riding. Round Table do a lot of fundraising for us and the school really appreciates it.”
All the proceeds from this year’s Round Table fireworks display on Saturday, November 5 will go towards paying off the outstanding sum.
Donations will be taken on the gate, although those who attended last year’s event will be given free entry.