The Bingo Association has donated yet another Variety Sunshine bus, making it donated bus number 31 for the dedicated trade association for all land-based, licensed bingo operators in the UK.
The recipient of the latest Variety Sunshine coach was the students at Newfriars College in Stoke-on-Trent. a specialist independent college that provides education for pupils with special educational needs, aged 16-25. The College operates three full buses, five days per week. The additional minibus is needed to provide personalised curriculum inclusive of daily visits to the local community, voluntary employment providers, and educational tours, in addition to general transportation of the students to and from college.
The new donated Sunshine Coach will be used every day and will become one of the many, many Variety Sunshine Coach improving the of thousands of disabled or disadvantaged children lives throughout the UK. Variety was formed in the UK in October 1949, having been launched in the US in 1928. The organisation is now active in 13 different countries. The buses play an invaluable part in schools taking children on education and recreational days out giving them the opportunity to explore and visits places they would otherwise never have visited.
Rob Millington Head of Newfriars College said:
“We cannot express enough our thanks and gratitude to The Bingo association for sponsoring the bus.
“This will impact on the lives of so many young people with special educational needs and disabilities and will give our students access to the community and places which they normally would not get the opportunity to explore. At Newfriars College we are continuously promoting ‘Preparation for Adulthood’ and the sponsorship from The Bingo Association will enable young people to develop their confidence, independence, social and communication skills. The bus will enable once in a lifetime experiences including residentials and holidays and help create many special memories. Everyone at Newfriars would like to say a huge thank you to The Bingo Association and Variety for helping to improve lives every day!”
Louise Davidson, Senior Corporate Partnerships Manager at Variety added:
“We are delighted to present one of our Sunshine Coaches today to Newfriars College and would like to thank The Bingo Association for their huge generosity in making this possible.
“Every new Sunshine Coach on the road is a step towards our goal of improving the lives of disadvantaged and disabled children across the UK. These coaches enable children and young people to get the most out of school life by providing access to recreational facilities outside of the school environment that they would otherwise not have the opportunity for.
“The support of The Bingo Association’s members and their customers has funded 31 Sunshine Coaches in the past five years, making a real and tangible difference to thousands of disadvantaged and disabled children around the UK.”
Miles Baron, Chief Executive of The Bingo Association, who presented the bus along with Paul Swindon from The Bingo Association, Mark St Clair and Rebecca Taylor-Bell from Buzz Bingo alongside Anthony Riddell, manager of the local Buzz Bingo in Fenton, said:
“I would like to thank Buzz Bingo who are present today, for the incredible support and generosity of their customers and staff. Customers from bingo clubs across Great Britain such as Buzz have made this very worthy donation of a Sunshine Coach possible.
“We have now raised £1.6 million for Variety in the past five years – a truly incredible amount – and it is brilliant to see that this has such a fantastic, direct impact on improving the lives of thousands of sick and disadvantaged children around the UK.”
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