Pupils of Glencryan School were delighted to receive the new sunshine coach which was presented to them by representatives of St. James’s Place Foundation Committee; Jane Ballantyne, Ross Cameron, Catherine Gibbons, James Currie, and Paul Nielsen. They were joined by special guest Murdo MacLeod, former professional footballer for clubs including Celtic and Borussia Dortumund and former manager of Dumbarton.

Mark Longbottom, Head of the St. James’s Place Foundation said:

“The St. James’s Place Foundation is a proud supporter of Variety and together we are committed to improving the lives of children and young people, especially those who face significant challenges in life.”

Glencryan School, located in Cumbernauld, Glasgow, caters for 158 children age 5 to 19 with a wide range of additional support needs, including: physical disabilities, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Autism, Global Developmental delay, Chromosome Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy, Social and Emotional needs, and many other complex and significant needs. Within the school there are 4 young people who must travel in their wheelchairs and others have difficulties with their physical mobility.

Laura Rowe, Head Teacher, Glencryan School said:

“We are very grateful to Variety and St. James’s Place Foundation for their donation of a Sunshine Coach today. The students at Glencryan School rely on a coach in order to experience a wider curriculum, enhanced experience and equity of opportunity. The new coach will be used every day to enable the children to access a variety of educational, social and leisure trips and activities, to go beyond the school environment and extend both the pupils’ learning experiences and their integration into the community.”