Project - Variety Sunshine Coaches
Events in aid of Variety include hosting Silver Heart Dinners with the likes of Paul Gascoigne, Sting, Mark Knopfler, Denise Welch, Tim Healey and Stephen Tompkinson (pictured right).
Variety are well known for providing their Sunshine Coaches to local schools and clubs, especially those with special needs, to help them get out and about to enjoy a more fulfilling life.
Academy is a fully inclusive, successful mainstream primary school
that also offers specialist provision for children with a range of
social, emotional and mental health difficulties and learning
difficulties. It prides itself on offering a curriculum that is
adapted to meet the needs of every child so that all thrive in this
Goffy recently went to present them with a Variety Sunshine Coach, and he is pictured left with .Caroline Reed, Principal of Frederick Nattrass Primary School
The specially designed vehicle, sponsored by the Margaret Mealing Legacy, will be used to transport children on a number of educational and social outings. These outings will provide pupils with experiences outside of school in a safe and secure way. The coach will be used on school days and for afterschool and holiday clubs.
"It’s a real thrill to present these coaches here on my patch. I
love the work Variety does here in our region, and I know the joy
and pleasure these coaches will bring to so many youngsters."
Caroline Reed, Principal of Frederick Nattrass Primary School, said "The curriculum at Frederick Nattrass includes a wide number of essential experiences that we want every child to have - simple pleasures such as playing in the forest, jumping waves at the beach or enjoying the local countryside. This minibus will enhance our curriculum immeasurably as we will be able to go out every day and allow our children to experience the world around them."
Ray Crawford, Regional Chairman at Variety, the Children’s Charity said "With the support of individuals like Margaret Mealing and the amazing fundraising efforts of pupils and parents at Frederick Nattrass Primary Academy, Variety can continue to give disabled and disadvantaged children and young people the ability to get the most out of life."
Whitehouse Primary School, located in Stockton, is an inclusive
school that caters for more than 400 pupils. The school provides
specialist provision for 55 pupils who suffer from a number of
complex physical and medical needs, including 33 wheelchair bound
Here's another special day when Goffy went along there to present them with a Variety Sunshine Coach. The donation of a Sunshine Coach will be hugely important in ensuring that these children have the same opportunities as their able bodied peers and will be instrumental in enriching their learning experience.
Sunshine Coaches have helped improve the lives of thousands of
disabled or disadvantaged children across the UK. The coaches enable
schools to take children on education and recreational days out
allowing children to explore places they would otherwise never have
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