Stratford children get sunshine coach from PM

A group of Stratford youngsters were presented with a special coach by the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street where they were a given a tour.

David Cameron handed over the specially designed 5,000th series Sunshine Coach to children from the John F Kennedy Special School.

He also used the occasion to mark the achievement of the 5,000th Variety Club Sunshine Coach programme which was established by ‘Variety Club the Children’s Charity’ in 1962 to provide accessible transport for disabled and disadvantaged children and young people.

Over nearly 50 years, the Variety Club has provided thousands of coaches to schools, respite care homes, hospitals, youth projects and hospices across the United Kingdom.

The Sunshine Coach contains 17 seats, with accessibility for at least 6 wheelchairs, and will be used by pupils and staff of John F Kennedy Special School, based in Stratford. The school caters for 81 children from ages of four to 19 who have severe and profound and complex learning difficulties. The coach will be used for visits to the community like taking children to their classes in mainstream schools that will ultimately enrich the pupils’ learning experiences.