01 September, 2014

The Lord's Taverners charity is putting 26 new, specially-adapted Ford Transit minibuses on the road this year to help improve the lives of young people with disabilities and special educational needs.

The charity has provided more than 1,100 minibuses to special schools since its programme started in 1976, and will be donating a new minibus every fortnight during 2014.

The Lord's Taverners' Ford Transit minibuses are used to transport children - many of whom use wheelchairs - to and from schools and colleges, helping them to participate in sporting activities that would otherwise be off-limits, including wheelchair basketball, boccia and table cricket.

"We provide special educational needs schools with the opportunity to meet their transport needs," said Nicky Pemberton, Director of Charitable Programmes for the Lord's Taverners. "A minibus typically costs between £54,000 and £58,000 by the time it has been converted for wheelchair access and our programme enables a school to own its own vehicle-– usually they make a contribution of around 25 per cent and we fund the rest."

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