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Meadowgate Academy in Wisbech need to raise £17,000 towards a new mini-bus so pupils can enjoy trips out together

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A special Wisbech school is hoping the public will get behind them and bring a bit of ‘sunshine’ to pupils.

Meadowgate Academy is trying to raise £17,000 for a new mini-bus. (4795397)
Meadowgate Academy is trying to raise £17,000 for a new mini-bus. (4795397)

The Meadowgate Academy is launching an appeal to raise £17,000 towards the cost of a new mini-bus to enable wheel-chair bound children to get out and about together.

Jackie McPherson, headteacher, explained the school’s current large mini-bus is getting old and it is becoming difficult to get replacement parts when it goes wrong and therefore needs to be replaced before it can no longer be repaired.

The Royal Variety Club has promised to match fund the purchase of a new vehicle through its Sunshine Coaches scheme, but the school needs to raise at least half the cost to get the funding.

The school currently has five vehicles but they can only take one or two wheelchairs which makes it difficult to take a whole class out together.

Mrs McPherson said: “We need a new bus which has a hoist and has enough room to accommodate one of our classes. The vehicle we are looking at can take up to seven wheelchairs as well as staff, which is ideal.

“We are hoping the community will get behind us and support our appeal. We have a number of events planned, the first is a bingo on November 15 at 6pm at the school and everyone is welcome.

“We have already had a good response through our social media post including the offer of a charity football match and eight of our staff are planning to run a half marathon.

“We are having a totaliser made so people can follow our fundraising progress. It is a big target, but we are hoping we can hit it.

“Having a new bus will mean so much to the children as it means they can all go out as class instead of having to go out in small groups or travel individually.”

Anyone wanting to support the appeal should contact the school on 01945 461836.

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