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Big thank-you! Crawley school celebrates as they receive donated mini-bus



It’s not every day that school children get excited about getting on a mini-bus but in the crisp chill of the last day of January that’s exactly what happened.

Surrounded by a mass of company reps and local media a selection of pupils from Manor Green Primary School showed to the world the sheer joy of having a new mini-bus for their use.

The Children’s Charity, Variety, along with developer Crest Nicholson presented the ‘iconic’ Sunshine Coach to the children on Wednesday morning.

Manor Green Primary caters for nearly two hundred children aged between two and eleven. Many of the children have learning difficulties, autism, emotional behavioural difficulties and physical disabilities.

The addition of this coach means the school is able handle more student excursions and will be a valuable asset for them.  Trips to the local community, swimming, riding, the library and park will all be able to be handled more efficiently.

David Reid, Headteacher, Manor Green Primary School said:

“A big thank you Variety, the Children’s Charity, for providing our school with a new mini-bus. As a large special school catering for pupils with a variety of special needs, the bus will be use to extend learning and offer our pupils enhanced experiences. This bus will be an invaluable resource as it gives us the opportunity to offer even more to our pupils and ensure that everyone flourishes and has fun!”

Maria Cook, who’s son Ryan attends the school of which she is also a Governor said:

“I was so proud to welcome Variety, The Children’s Charity and Crest Nicholson into our outstanding school to meet some of our wonderful pupils and staff. Their  generosity will now enable more of our cohort to access the community on a regular basis, learn important life skills and benefit greatly from outdoor learning. The children were very excited and staff so grateful to now have increased opportunities to fulfil our pupils’ potential and I do believe there will now be some educational visits to Kilnwood Vale as a result. How fantastic!!”

One thing that was noticed more than anything was the sheer delight by everyone, the students, the staff and even the company representatives.  It goes a long way to show how contributions of this sort give life changing results.

Andrew Dobson, Managing Director of Crest Nicholson Strategic Projects, who presented the coach said: “We’re proud to be long-time supporters of Variety and the vital work that it carries out in communities across the UK. Local people are at the heart of the communities that we build, and this donation will help the students of Manor Green Primary School better enjoy the activities around Kilnwood Vale and the thriving local area. I am pleased to present this coach today and, with plenty more fundraising events and activities planned, look forward to working with Variety and this very worthwhile cause.”

Colleen Ettridge, Head of Fundraising at Variety, the Children’s Charity said: “We are delighted that the pupils of Manor Green Primary School have today received their new Sunshine Coach, thanks to the generosity of Crest Nicholson. These coaches enable children and young people with special needs to get the most out of school life by accessing learning and recreational facilities outside of the school environment.”

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‘We need to do what we can to help others in our community’ – Crawley pupils put others first during Children in Need day



The words are few but powerful and spoken by a pupil at a Crawley School as they joined other pupils to take part in Children in Need Day 2020.

On Friday 13th November 2020, Children at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Primary School in Crawley spent Children in Need Day 2020 putting others first. 

As well as donating £1 to come to school in their own clothes, raising over £355, the children and Teachers spent time looking at the work of Children in Need and other charities, such as Cafod. 

As one pupil noted ‘now more than ever, we need to do what we can to help others in our local and global community’. 

Deputy Head Teacher, Jan Miles, commented:

“As ever the OLQOH community have stepped up to help this hugely important cause.  Well done everyone & thank you!”

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