Taverners to hand over minibus to special school

THE Lady Taverners in Devon and Cornwall are to present a specially adapted minibus to Broomhayes School in Bideford on Monday. The vehicle will be handed over by Lesley Forrest, the regional chairman. The Lady Taverners is part of The Lord's Taverners,

THE Lady Taverners in Devon and Cornwall are to present a specially adapted minibus to Broomhayes School in Bideford on Monday.The vehicle will be handed over by Lesley Forrest, the regional chairman.The Lady Taverners is part of The Lord's Taverners, the youth sports charity, which helps young people, particularly those with special needs.Broomhayes School is one of the National Autistic Society's specialist schools for youngpeople with autism. The school has been specifically designed to cater for the specialneeds of 26 pupils with acute forms of autism, all of whom are aged between 10 and 18.The school provides a stable environment in which pupils can follow a broad andbalanced curriculum that has been specially adapted to meet their individual needs. Allpupils receive additional help and support in the areas most affected by autism such associal skills training, communication therapy and anxiety management.This 15-seat minibus, costing �28,000, will be used to take pupils on a variety of tripssuch as a daily outing to the post-16 education faculty, leisure trips to the local town,swimming baths, cinema and all necessary medical appointments. It will also be used totake the pupils on holiday.Matthew Patten, Chief Executive of The Lord's Taverners, said: "We believe that sportand recreation are essential for all young people. This minibus will help the BroomhayesSchool pupils get out and enjoy new places and experiences. We are proud to supportthe staff, parents and young people of Broomhayes School.

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