We’re indebted to wonderful people like Mr Alan Gough who has left us a gift in his Will. As a result of this generous gift, Ravenscliffe High School and Sports College in Halifax now has a brand new Sunshine Coach that will enable the pupils to explore new places, experience new activities and become more integrated with their local community. Mr Gough lived in Pontefract so his legacy will help local children and young people for generations to come.

This special school caters for 168 pupils aged 11-19, with a broad range of learning difficulties and additional needs, such as visual, auditory and behavioural difficulties and autistic spectrum condition. There are 35 young people who must always travel in their wheelchairs.

Beverley Goulding, Mr Gough’s great niece, commented:

“Thank you so much for informing us about how you have spent Uncle Alan’s legacy, it is much appreciated and we feel as parents of a child on the autistic spectrum that you have spent it wisely. The money is being used for such a great cause and will improve children’s lives that really do need it and I know that Uncle Alan would have been very pleased with this.”

Martin Moorman, Headteacher, commented:

“We took delivery of our new Variety sponsored minibus today. Despite the cold, our students were suitably impressed, even if getting them all to smile at the same time for the camera was a bit of a challenge! Not so for Mudassir and Callum this morning though!

Adam (in the driver’s seat) took it down with Dave to fill up at the petrol station. His view:

“It’s very smooth and I love the new bus smell!”

This bus was mainly funded by Variety, the Children’s Charity with a significant donation from the late Alan Gough who lived locally. In their time of loss, we are so grateful that Alan’s family were so willing to support our work at Ravenscliffe.

We are especially grateful for his support as the old ’54 plate bus was really on its last legs after 14+ years of service at RHS. We have called the coach “Alan”.”