Variety, the Children’s Charity presented one of its famous Sunshine Coaches to children at Dame Ellen Pinsent School.

Dame Ellen Pinsent School is a primary special school for cognition and learning, catering for over 150 children. All children at the school have a range of special educational needs, including autistic spectrum conditions, speech and language issues and moderate to severe learning difficulties.

The school currently has just one minibus and the additional Sunshine Coach from Variety will allow Dame Ellen Pinsent School to provide a broad and balanced curriculum to all pupils. The new Sunshine Coach will be used every day to enable children to benefit from educational, cultural and recreational opportunities in the local community.

The Sunshine Coach for Dame Ellen Pinsent was generously donated by Accessible Retail and is the 56th coach sponsored by the Variety longstanding supporter. Accessible Retail represent over 1,000 retailers, developers, investors and advisers from across the UK.

Colleen Ettridge, Head of Fundraising at Variety, the Children’s Charity said:

“We are delighted that the pupils of Dame Ellen Pinsent School have received their new Sunshine Coach, thanks to the generosity of Accessible Retail. These coaches enable children and young people with special needs to get the most out of school life by accessing learning and recreational facilities outside of the school environment.”

Andrew Hetherton, Accessible Retail Chairman said:

“Accessible Retail are delighted to be presenting our 56th Sunshine Coach to Dame Ellen Pinsent School on behalf of an AR Member whose son is a pupil at the school”

Denise Fountain, Head Teacher, Dame Ellen Pinsent School said:

“We are so excited to have received our new coach. This will really help more children to access activities and learning opportunities in their local communities outside of school. Such visits are invaluable to our children who have learning disabilities, enabling to them to contextualize their learning and show it in real life situations and environments. Many thanks to all those that have fund raised for the bus and particularly the generosity of Accessible Retail.”