Sunshine Coaches

Every day our famous Sunshine Coaches transport thousands of young people. 

Most are used by schools or organisations for children with special needs.

Sunshine Coach

At a glance...

  • 97% of coaches are used many times a week - often several times a day.
  • 86% of our young passengers have physical, learning or sensory disabilities.
  • 71% of coach use is for educational, recreational and residential trips.

Routes to learning, leisure and fun

Trips are typically for educational, recreational or vocational activities. 

Visiting other schools to engage with the mainstream curriculum makes a real educational difference.

Just being ‘included’ on the coach trips - being one of the gang - can boost self esteem.

Worry-free travel

Having their own Sunshine Coach enables schools and organisations to plan activities without worrying about the cost and timing of public transport.

They know wheelchair access is taken care of.

Many disabled children in deprived areas would only go from home to school and back again if it wasn’t for their Sunshine Coach.

A coach lets them explore places they would otherwise never visit.

Coaches and  funding

Each coach represents a team fundraising effort between the school or organisation, Variety and our corporate and individual sponsors. 

There are four coach types:

  • 14 seater minibus
  • 17 seater minibus
  • 13 seater with tail lift
  • 17 seater with tail lift     

From January 1st 2018, the minimum donations that we require from organisations applying for a Sunshine Coach are changing. All applications approved after this time will require organisations to raise the minimum donations as outlined in section 7 of the Application Form below. If your application for a coach has already been approved and you are affected by these changes, you'll be contacted by our Programmes team directly.

How to apply

Simply contact Jalpa Patel, our Sunshine Coaches Programme Manager on 020 7428 8108 or email her at