As part of the Bingo Association’s ongoing fundraising efforts with charity partner Variety, Oaklands special needs school has become the latest recipient of a Sunshine Coach.
The Bingo association has presented a Variety Sunshine Coach to Oaklands School, Isleworth.
The specially adapted minibus, the twelfth donated by the association in the last three years, was presented to the special needs school by CEO Miles Baron, and Gala representatives Adam Cunningham and Phil Norman.
“More than 350 bingo clubs across the UK made this very worthy donation of a Sunshine Coach possible,” said Baron.
“I must thank the staff and bingo players for their support.As an industry we are delighted to be able to help more children get the most out of their childhood and reach their unique potential.”
The donation comes as a result of fundraising efforts across the UK bingo industry, which have so far generated over £1m for the international disabled children’s charity Variety through specially organised events, games and collections.
Alongside the specially adapted coaches,the Association has also funded several wheel chairs, specialist equipment for individuals and organisations, equipment for youth clubs and memorable experiences for children and young people.
“At Gala Bingo we pride ourselves on giving back to the community and working withVariety,the Children’s Charity has allowed us to do just that,” said Gala Feltham manager Phil Norman.
“By raising an amazing £400,000 just from our game means we will be able to give back to the community, through coaches and it’s all thanks to our staff and customers who give a little to create a lot.”
The 17-seat, wheelchair accessible minibus will be used for everyday transport by Oaklands School,as well as facilitating a trip to Chessington World of Adventures for the the pupils.
“We’re really excited to have a new minibus,” said Nicola Christie, deputy head at Oaklands. “This fantastic new minibus will provide our students with essential access to the community.”
“They can experience places beyond the boundaries of their own homes and their school. These opportunities will broaden their understanding and knowledge of the world.”