Many of the pupils at Our Lady’s RC Primary School have a range of disabilities and learning difficulties, including Autism, cognitive delay, and hearing impairments. The school has a higher-than-average rate of SEND pupils.

Headteacher Anthony Cregan and Kristina Morris shake hands in front of the new Sunshine Coach

For many of the children, school trips to places such as parks, adventure centres, and sporting competitions are the only times they get access to other environments and have new experiences.

Kristina hands the keys over to Anthony

Tom Morris has made a dream come true with the generous donation of a Sunshine Coach for Our Lady’s Primary School. The Liverpool entrepreneur pledged to donate a coach at the inaugural North West PROPS in December last year.

Kristina Morris took to the driver’s seat

Kristina Morris joined Lyn Staunton, Development Director at Variety, the Children’s Charity, and staff and students at Our Lady’s Primary School for a special presentation where the excitement was evident. Anthony Cregan, Headteacher at Our Lady’s Primary School, said:

A huge thank you from everyone in the Our Lady’s community to Home Bargains and ​Variety, the Children’s Charity. This will open so many doors for our children to enrich their curriculum experiences and provide opportunities in our local area that would not have been available to them previously.

At Our Lady’s, we try to provide as many exciting opportunities for our children as possible, but the major hindrance and barrier we face is the cost of transport. This bus will be paramount in changing the curriculum offer we can deliver for our vulnerable and special educational needs children, who often have the biggest barriers to their participation in out of school events. It will mean that we can visit a range of fantastic local organisations and events and access brilliant resources such as sensory rooms for our high need children.

I cannot thank you enough for providing the minibus to our school which will be truly transformational for the children we serve.

Kristina Morris said:

It was just wonderful to see the children so excited about the new Sunshine Coach today. Home Bargains are proud to sponsor a Sunshine Coach in the 75th anniversary year of Variety and to make such a difference to the children and the staff who can now all enjoy very special days out and make great memories that will last a lifetime.