Hebburn pupils hit the road thanks to Variety

DONATION: Paralympian Stephen Miller hands keys to the new minibus to Keelmans Way School headteacher Paula Selby, and pupils.
DONATION: Paralympian Stephen Miller hands keys to the new minibus to Keelmans Way School headteacher Paula Selby, and pupils.
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PUPILS at a South Tyneside school are ready to hit the road after a special four-wheeled donation.

Staff and children at Keelman’s Way, in Hebburn, were presented with a new minibus by Variety Children’s Charity.

The organisation, which raised funds for sick, disabled and disadvantaged children, enlisted the help of Paralympian Stephen Miller to hand over the keys at the special school, in Campbell Park Road.

The Northumberland athlete, who has won gold and silver medals at the Paralympic Games, has cerebral palsy.

Headteacher Paula Selby said: “We’ve got two existing school buses and they’re out on the road a lot, so we really needed the extra facility.

“We asked Variety if they could help us get the bus and we were given a donation by the golf club section of the charity.

“The children go out in the buses a lot into the community, to do their own shopping, work experience and on trips to different facilities. Some of the children are also transported to and from school in the buses, so we will get a lot of use out of this new one.

“We can’t just use a normal minibus, it needs to be specially adapted for the children and it would have cost us between £30,000 and £40,000 to get it on our own. We also did fundraising at the school to help with the cost.”

She added: “It was great having Stephen along. He stayed for a while and brought his medals and spoke to the kids. It was a great day for everyone.”

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