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Variety and Leeds present Sunshine Coach to South East primary school

Pictured, standing L-R, are Joanne Ferguson, Frances Milburn, Mary Petley and Joe Burton (all Leeds Building Society Stevenage branch). Sitting in the coach is Jamie Kelly, Assistant Headteacher at Chantry Primary Academy. The presentation took place at the Exhibition Area, Stevenage.

Pictured, standing L-R, are Joanne Ferguson, Frances Milburn, Mary Petley and Joe Burton (all Leeds Building Society Stevenage branch). Sitting in the coach is Jamie Kelly, Assistant Headteacher at Chantry Primary Academy. The presentation took place at the Exhibition Area, Stevenage.

Variety, the Children’s Charity has handed over the keys to a Sunshine Coach to a school that supports special needs pupils, thanks to a £26,000 donation from Leeds Building Society.

Chantry Primary Academy in Luton has 600 pupils aged between three and 11, some with visual impairment and others with significant behavioral and emotional difficulties.

The brand-new Sunshine Coach will give the visually impaired pupils access to horse riding, residential visits and sporting events. The children with behavioral and emotional difficulties will use the minibus for visits to build their social skills, such as team work and communication.

The new coach will be used every day, including during holidays and weekends, for pupils to benefit outside of school hours too.

Jamie Kelly, Assistant Headteacher at Chantry Primary Academy, said: “Our pupils, some of whom have a range of specific learning needs, come from the local area which suffers from significant social deprivation. The Sunshine Coach will be immensely valuable to the children allowing their young minds to explore places they would otherwise never get the chance to visit.”