Children and staff at Pathfield School have been presented with a new mini bus.

Pathfield School headteacher Cherie White receives the keys for the new bus from Vado's Steven Swallow and Tiffany Drent. Picture: Matt SmartPathfield School headteacher Cherie White receives the keys for the new bus from Vado's Steven Swallow and Tiffany Drent. Picture: Matt Smart

The school was presented with the 17-seater Variety Sunshine Coach on Friday, and was made possible thanks to a donation from home improvement company Vado.

Pathfield School headteacher Cherie White said: “We’re grateful that Variety and Vado have been able to support us.

“We can now take whole classes out on visits away from the school, which we couldn’t do before as we couldn’t get all the children on the buses we had.

“It opens up lots of opportunities and experiences now for the curriculum outside the classroom and beyond the school.”

The home improvement company was able to make the donation after they raised money by organising a four-day, 1,300 mile rally to Copenhagen.

Vado’s Steven Swallow said: “This is the best bit for us. It’s a special moment when you get to see something like this which can help change these kids’ lives.”

Variety’s South West committee chairman Derek Cleverdon added: “Variety Children’s Charity is pleased to be able to help special schools with transportation to give children days out. We are grateful for the sponsorship from Vado, who organised a rally to Copenhagen to raise the necessary funds.”