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Variety and Leeds donate Sunshine Coach to London primary school

Staff and pupils at The New Rush Hall School were excited to receive their brand new Sunshine Coach.

This was purchased following a joint fundraising effort by The New Rush Hall School, Variety and Leeds Building Society.

The New Rush Hall School is a special school for 80 children and young people aged 5 to 16 with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties.

The new Sunshine Coach will replace their 12-year-old minibus that has become unreliable and very expensive to maintain. It will be used every day to take the students in small groups on regular trips and outings in the local community and educational visits further afield.

Gemma Pace, Business Manager at The New Rush Hall School, said: “We are hugely grateful for the donation of the specialised Sunshine Coach from Variety and Leeds Building Society. This donation means a great deal to the children of the school. The Sunshine Coach will enable them to experience the same opportunities as their class mates.”

Amanjit Kaur, Leeds Building Society’s branch manager in Barkingside, said: “We are delighted to make this donation and support Variety and The New Rush Hall School.   As a building society, we’re owned by our members and it’s important to us that we support good causes in the communities where we and our members live and work.”

Colleen Ettridge, Head of Fundraising at Variety, the Children’s Charity, said: “Since 1962, we have donated over 5,400 Sunshine Coaches – that’s more than 100 a year. Variety’s specialist minibuses ensure that children can interact with the world around them and experience a fun, entertaining and educational environment, whilst ensuring they are transported as safely as possible.”


Notes to Editors

Children of Rush Hall with their new Sunshine Coach

Children of Rush Hall with their new Sunshine Coach

Barkingside colleagues with the Sunshine Coach

Barkingside colleagues with the Sunshine Coach

Please see attached, pictured, the presentation of the Sunshine Coach at The New Rush Hall School.  

The New Rush Hall School is at Fencepiece Road, Hainault, Ilford, Essex, IG6 2LB.

Leeds Building Society’s Barkingside branch is at 84 High Street, Barkingside, Essex, IG6 2DJ.

Leeds Building Society operates throughout the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland and has assets of £14.9bn (at 30th June 2016). The Society’s head office has been based in the centre of Leeds since 1886.

Variety, the Children’s Charity, believes that neither disability nor disadvantage should prevent a child from realising their full potential. Since setting up its UK division in 1949, the charity has raised over £200 million and supported over 800,000 children affected by ill health, disadvantage and disability.

Variety is a registered charity in England and Wales (209259) and Scotland (SC038505)

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