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Grantham additional needs schools receive vital minibus from children's charity




Schools in Grantham have been presented with a minibus by a children’s charity.

The Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship (GANF) was presented with the bus by Joie Baby in partnership with Variety.

The Variety Sunshine Coach was handed over at a ceremony at Ambergate School.

Pupils, staff and parents celebrate after Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship is presented with a minibus by Joie Baby and Variety. (17804459)
Pupils, staff and parents celebrate after Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship is presented with a minibus by Joie Baby and Variety. (17804459)

Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship (GANF) caters for 218 students with moderate to severe learning difficulties and complex needs. The coach is vital in providing regular access to offsite and extra-curricular activities, after schools clubs and residential courses.

Sara Ellis, assistant headteacher at Sandon School said: “The mini-bus has made such a huge difference to the pupils at Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship. It has ensured that we have been able to get pupils out of school on a more regular basis to access activities such as forest school, canoeing and vital trips into the community to help pupils learn the skills required to prepare them for the world after school. Without the help of Joie Baby and Variety, this just wouldn’t have been possible.”

David Welsh, managing director of Joie Baby, said: “We’re very excited to present Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship with its coach today and see first-hand the wonderful people who will benefit - it truly is a joy.”

Dave King, head of programmes at Variety, said: “We are extremely grateful to Joie Baby for funding this sunshine coach, along with nine others up-and-down the country. This Sunshine coach will be getting a lot of use supporting the schools accessible education programme, focusing especially on taking children to cultural and sporting events which will help them develop their social skills and increase their confidence at participating in society.”


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