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Minibus lifeline to school in memory of sports champion.

Byline: ANDY RICHARDS Content Editor @AndyRichards9

SOLIHULL pupils have been given a transport lifeline after being presented with a new wheelchair accessible minibus in memory of the late Baroness Rachael Heyhoe Flint.

The keys to their new minibus were handed over to Reynalds Cross School by the Lady Taverners to honour their former President.

Rachael Heyhoe Flint was one of the first Lady Taverners and later became President between 2000-2011, a time during which we delivered over 150 minibuses to schools and organisations throughout the UK.

The new 16-seat wheelchair accessible minibus, given in honour of the late cricketing great, will allow the school to transport pupils to and from the local community where they can enjoy sporting activities, attend college and career related events and residential visits.

The new vehicle will ensure that students with profound and multiple learning difficulties will have the same access to these local facilities as their peers.

Reynalds Cross School is an all age special school catering for over 100 young people aged 2-19 with a wide range of learning difficulties and additional complex and medical needs. The curriculum and life skills the school offers the pupils help them develop their communication and personal skills so they are able to build friendships, follow routines and instructions, and learn the necessary interpersonal skills to develop friendships.

Ashley Giles, Lord's Taverners supporter and Director of Cricket at Warwickshire CCC, said: "I am immensely humbled to be here to unveil the new minibus to all those connected with Reynalds Cross School. Rachael campaigned tirelessly to give sporting chances to those in need and today's minibus presentation is a fitting tribute to an icon of the sport, in her home city."

Reynalds Cross School deputy headteacher Richard Sutton said: "We are hugely grateful to the Lord's Taverners and their supporters for their generosity in donating our new minibus. "We strive to be at the heart of our local community through the work we do at the school and this will enable us to ensure that all of our students can participate in activities such as sports and academic visits with their peers, and that we can continue to meet the needs and aspirations of those that attend now the school.

Rachael Heyhoe Flint's son, Ben Flint, added: "It's fantastic to be at Reynalds School and bring happiness to the staff and pupils of the school with the donation of this new minibus.

"The Taverners is a cause very close to our families hearts and it would have meant a lot to mum to see the positive impact the charity is having."

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Date:Jul 24, 2017
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