Minibus Donation Scheme

 

In 2012, we began our quest to donate 100 minibuses to schools recommended by you, our supporters. We are proud to announce that we are now in the process of ordering our fifth bus which will be allocated to a school shortly.

 

Below is the list so far of those Schools who have received one of our minibuses. Unlike other organisations, these minibuses are fully funded and donated to the schools. Bus No. 004 was kindly sponsored by Gallions HA and will be presented to Trust Thamesmead in the near future.

 

001 - The Priory School, Spalding

The Priory School in Spalding, Lincolnshire are a specialneeds school, catering for 130 secondary aged pupilswith “Moderate Learning Difficulties”.

They provide for children and young people witha variety of learning difficulties, Autistic SpectrumDisorders and a very wide range of ability. The overridingaim of the school is to provide an inclusive education in the most real sense; preparing pupils to take an active place in society well prepared to meet the challenges of adult life, including the world of work and continuing education.

 

 

 

 

 

002 - The Village School, Brent

Frankham were appointed as designers of the newVillage School and through the process of consultation,detailed design and new construction have developeda special relationship with the staff, children and youngpeople of the school.

 

We were delighted to share and celebrate the Frankhamrelationship with the School, and our partnership withDennis Wise in the Community, by presenting a newminibus on Thursday 18th October to Kay Johnson,Headteacher, the senior management team, staff andall the wonderful pupils at the school.

 

003 - Birtley School, West Kingsdown

The school was nominated to receive a bus by JerryWatts of FLR Spectron who’s son Christopher attendsthe school.

 

Birtley School cater for children with a range of needsworking at age expected levels and below. Theysupport the children in various ways to target theirarea of need. Areas of need may include Dyslexia,Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, High Functioning Asperger’s,High Functioning Autism, General Learning Delay andMild ADD. Many children have an undiagnosed difficulty,some just need some confidence building.

 

004 - Trust Thamesmead

Bus No.4 which was sponsored by Gallions Housing at our last Fundraising Ball was recently presented to it’s new owners, Trust Thamsmead.  Trust Thamesmead is the only community development agency working exclusively for Thamesmead and use thier income to deliver direct services and to work with others to improve the quality of the lives of the 30,000 plus residents of Thamesmead, focusing on the most disadvantaged.

 

A few words from Trust Thamesmead;

 

“The mini-bus is a real life-line for young people using the centre enabling groups to undertake trips that would not be possible without it.  This is true for both small and lager scale projects, so for example in the past couple of weeks a group went to a fire station to learn about fire safety and prevention one evening, such a trip would just not be possible on public transport as the whole time would be spent traveling!  Over Easter a group was fortunate enough to go on a weeks residential to Snowdon in North Wales, taking part in lots of adventitious activities, challenging themselves and learning new skills for life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

005 - Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA)

NASSA  said “In the tenth anniversary year of its first informal basketball session in an east London park, Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA) has received its first minibus, from former Chelsea and England footballer Dennis Wise on behalf of the Dennis Wise and Frankham Group Charitable Trust.

The 17-seater vehicle will be used to transport NASSA’s seven age group teams to away Basketball England National League fixtures. It will also be used to help support disabled young people who attend NASSA’s inclusive wheelchair basketball sessions.

 

With many of NASSA’s 100 club members in attendance, as well as NASSA founder and Chief Executive Natasha Hart and Head Coach Chris Facey, the presentation of the minibus was made at the University of East London’s Sports Dock building.

The ribbon was cut by a special invitee to the event, the Russian Ambassador to the UK, Mr Alexander Yakovenko.

Natasha Hart added: “We cannot say thank you enough to Dennis, Steve and everyone at the Frankham Group Charitable Trust. This minibus will make a huge difference to NASSA and to all of the players’ parents who have spent so much money over the years helping us take the teams to games.

 

“It is a really special feeling that they thought of us as worthy of receiving one of their minibuses and we will always have a smile on our faces when we see their name on it.”

 

NASSA is an established sports charity offering a variety of sports across East London. Its 538 Basketball England-registered members speak 151 different languages and dialects between them. Its school basketball sessions, which include mentoring talks from NASSA coaches about the dangers of knife crime and gang culture, reach over 2,000 schoolchildren across London every week.

 

NASSA is also the current overall Charity of the Year.

 

 

006 - The Parents Consortium, Hextable

The Parents Consortium was established in 1996 by parents who believed that services for disabled children would only be truly responsive if they were directly accountable to the parents, carers and young people themselves.

 

The Parents Consortium is a charitable company which provides services to families, schools, hospitals, children’s homes and other organisations who need our support. Our membership is open to all parents and carers who have a disabled child or young person aged 25 or under in the Dartford, Gravesham, Swanley or surrounding areas.

 

The children and young people who use our services are those with any form of physical, learning or sensory impairment. We also cater for their parents and encourage siblings to join in too. We provide appropriate activities for children of all abilities, which may mean full-time one-to-one support for some of the children. Above all, we provide lots of fun! Our funding comes through grants, donations, charitable giving and a supporting community/business sector working alongside Kent County Council Social Services.

 

 

 

007 - The Shaftesbury School, Harrow

 

Shaftesbury is a special needs school located in the London borough of Harrow.


At Shaftesbury there is capacity for approximately 160 students, aged between 11 and 19, with learning, emotional, behavioural, autistic, communication, medical, physical, sensory and social needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

008 - Parkwood Hall Co-Operative Academy

 

We are extremely pleased to be helping out one of our long term beneficiaries, The Parkwood Hall Co-Operative
Academy with a brand new minibus plus new sign writing on their trailer to help transport the Steel Bands equipment.


With the artwork finally complete, the official handover will take place in the next few weeks.

 

 

 

009 - The Jigsaw Trust

 

We were proud to present our ninth minibus to The Jigsaw Trust. and pupils at this local school for children with autism will be benefitting.


Jigsaw School educates children aged 4–19 years at its main site on Dunsfold Park, near Cranleigh and at its Life Skills Centre in Guildford. 55 pupils currently attend the school, each receiving one-to-one teaching and an individualised curriculum based around their specific abilities and needs.


Jigsaw focuses on developing pupils’ life skills. Pupils are taken into the community where they can develop their skills in different settings.


Jigsaw Trust CEO Kate Grant said, “We are absolutely delighted with this new minibus and I would like to thank the Dennis Wise and Frankham Group Charitable Trust. Their generous support means that our pupils will be able to enjoy off-site activities on a more regular basis.”

 

 

010 - St Catherines School, Isle of Wight

 

Has been ordered and will be presented to St Catherines School Isle of Wight in a couple of months time.

 

 

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If you or anyone else knowTrust. You can also fully sponsor a minibus of your own for a donation of £25,000. This will be include your logo on of a School which could benefit from a new minibus, please contact the Trust. You can also fully sponsor a minibus of your own for a donation of £25,000. This will be include your logo on the vehicle and donated to a school of your choice.

 

For further information please contact:

 

Pat.saville@frankham.com or becky.bosman@frankham.com

 

 

You can download the application form by clicking the link below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Official handover to Trust Thamesmead

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presentation of the new bus to NASSA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bus ready for presentation to the school