Cricket charity donation drives Sudbury school on

DRIVING FAST: From left, Lord's Taverners representatives Bob Young, president Chris Cowdrey, Hillside Special School headteacher Sue Upson, former West Indian cricket great Michael Holding, and Julian Wilson, also of Lord's Taverners, with the school new bus.
DRIVING FAST: From left, Lord's Taverners representatives Bob Young, president Chris Cowdrey, Hillside Special School headteacher Sue Upson, former West Indian cricket great Michael Holding, and Julian Wilson, also of Lord's Taverners, with the school new bus.

A CRICKETING great presented a Sudbury school with a £48,000 minibus last week to help severely disabled youngsters enjoy new experiences.

Former West Indian fast bowler Michael Holding was joined by ex-England test cricketer and Lord’s Taverners charity president Chris Cowdrey as he presented Hillside Special School with a new 16-seater minibus from the Taverners at Newmarket Racecourse.

Sue Upson, headteacher at the school, said: “It is absolutely fabulous.

“This means we can go out to all the activities that the children enjoy and gives us a link to our community.”

The school raised £12,500 through fundraising events before joining the Lord’s Taverners waiting list for the modified bus, which replaces the previous, very old minibus.

The bus has already been on numerous trips, taking pupils aged two to 19 with severe learning difficulties, complex needs and physical disabilities to sailing, horseriding and sports events across the region.

Lord’s Taverners chief executive Matthew Patten said: “We are proud to support the staff, parents and young people of Hillside Special School.”