A generous charity donation has set the wheels in motion for “fabulous” school trips.
Park Community Academy, Blackpool, has been gifted a Sunshine Coach from Variety, the children’s charity, and The Rotary Club of Blackpool Palatine.
Schoolchildren put on a show for the donation, with performances by the school’s brass band and choir, in a packed assembly on Friday morning.
And celebrity therapists Nik and Eva Speakman, supporters of Variety, joined the committee members of each charity for the handover of the coach, the fourth the school, off Whitegate Drive, has had in its more than 50-year history.
Mrs Speakman said: “We know the children are going to have some fabulous adventures in the Sunshine Coach and make some fabulous memories.”
The school’s headteacher, Keith Berry, said: “The children were delighted to receive our fantastic new coach.
“Accessing the community and learning outside the classroom are essential parts of the day-to-day education we provide for children of all ages at Park Community Academy.”
The specially designed vehicle, donated by Variety, sponsored by The Rotary Club of Blackpool Palatine with the support of the Vera Wolstencroft Trust, and part-funded by the Friends of Park Community Academy, will now be used to transport children on school trips, work experience placements and days out.
Charity bosses said Park’s welcome was the warmest they had ever received in years of donations, including having handed out 5,341 coaches to worthy causes and organisations.
David Jones, chairman of Variety’s Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde branch, said: “We’ve never had a presentation quite like it, it was superb to be part of.
“It’s a joy to be able to support schools like Park in delivering exciting activities and lessons to very worthy, and grateful, children.
“We look forward to seeing the pupils out and about around the Fylde coast in their new coach.”
And Chris Bailey, a member of the Palatine Rotary Club, added: “It’s a great pleasure to be able to support Park Community Academy, it’s marvellous.”