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It's all aboard for Dales School in Blyth, thanks to Variety & Leeds Building Society

Leeds Building Society and Variety, the Children's Charity have handed over the keys to a Sunshine Coach to Dales School in Blyth to help transport special needs children where required. The funds were raised thanks to the Society's Caring Saver account and 'Your Interest in Theirs' scheme.

Bob Gladwin, Vice Chairman of Variety, Northern Region commented: "We know that the bus will enrich the lives of those who get to use it and open new doors to them every day. It's great to be able to assist local organisations and schools in this way, as we find it makes the lives of teachers and pupils a lot easier and more enjoyable."

Head teacher at Dales School, Hugh Steele told us: "This is fantastic for the school and our pupils as this not only means the students can travel in a safe, reliable, comfortable new coach, but this also gives our students the opportunity to get out in the community and explore facilities further afield. We know from experience that our pupils learn better through experiential learning and experiences, rather than just being sat in classroom, and this new coach will allow us to do that. With schools budgets being tighter than ever, without the help of Variety and Leeds Building Society, we simply would not be able to offer the same opportunities to our pupils."

L to R Bob Gladwin, Variety volunteer, Tony Thorton, Hugh Steele (Head Teacher), Jonathon Epworth (Leeds Building Society), Vicky Sleight (Leeds Building Society), Front - Pupils

L to R Bob Gladwin, Variety volunteer, Tony Thorton, Hugh Steele (Head Teacher), Jonathon Epworth (Leeds Building Society), Vicky Sleight (Leeds Building Society), Front - Pupils