A £7,500 minibus has been presented to a Uttoxeter holiday club for children with special needs and disabilities by a popular theme park.
Rakemark Respite, which is based at Rocester Children’s Centre, has been presented with the new bus by representatives from Alton Towers through its own charity Merlin’s Magic Wand.
The charity, which sees Towers’ employees show their passion for fund-raising, aims to provide magical days out to children who are seriously ill, disabled or from disadvantaged backgrounds.
It also provides a special one-off donation to worthy local causes which is why it donated the bus to the holiday club.
Mark Kerrigan, the development director at Alton Towers, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to make this donation to such a fabulous organisation.
“Our employees are dedicated fund raisers for our own in-house charity but we also do try to support as many local causes as we can and Rakemark Respite was nominated by a member of staff as a worthy beneficiary.
“Working with the team there has been a delight and it’s fabulous to see how wonderful their reaction to this bus has been. It means a lot to the staff to know they’ve had such an impact.”
The Rakemark charity said the bus is already making a noticeable difference to the children and saving the volunteers much-needed cash.
Adrian Botterell, acting chairman for Rakemark Respite, added: “We used to spend thousands of pounds on taxi fares getting the children to and from the centre so to have this bus now means we can use that money to fund other activities which is much more beneficial for the children.
“We are so pleased to have been chosen by Alton Towers and we really can’t thank them enough.
“We’ve already got our first trip to the resort booked in for the Whit half term and the children are already really excited.”
The bus was supplied by Ben Weaver Commercials, which is based in Sheffield, which has also agreed to provide free servicing for three years.