Woodlands special needs school in Plymouth gets vital new minibus
PUPILS and staff at a city special school have celebrated the launch of their brand new minibus.
The new Woodlands School bus is fully fitted out to accommodate wheelchairs – and will allow students to make regular trips out.
Headteacher Andrea Hemmens said generous donations from the public were to thank.
"The bus is absolutely imperative to us," she said. "It is such a big thing having transport at our disposal.
"We can't use public transport as a normal bus can only take one wheelchair on board – this new minibus has tracking laid down so our students can sit safely in their wheelchair inside the vehicle.
"Having the bus will allow us to equip our young people with the key life skills they need for when they finish school.
"We can take them shopping, show them road safety, take them to meet new people as well as bring them to compete in sporting competitions. We're a very competitive school."
The Whitleigh-based school has been overwhelmed by the generosity of people and companies from Plymouth who have helped them to raise £17,000 of their £18,000 target.
Andrea said they had a wide range of people to thank, from generous benefactors, families with children at the school who have been fundraising on their behalf, all the way to the local Co-operative food store which raised £4,500 towards the fund.
"I would like to thank everybody that has donated,"
Andrea added. "They really have been so kind."
Woodlands will be having one final push to raise the last bit of cash with an entertainment evening at St Mellion International Resort on 15 March at 7.30pm. Michael Collings of Britain's Got Talent fame will be performing.