South Croydon special school bowled over by Taverners’ bus

Former Surrey and England batsman Mark Butcher, left, presents the keys to the bus on behalf of the Lord’s and Lady Taverners to Rutherford School

If you see a shiny new, green mini-bus being driven around South Croydon and beyond in the coming few weeks, it is because a local special school has been bowled over with the kind generosity of the Lord’s and Lady Taverners.

Rutherford School is a special school on Melville Avenue in South Croydon, part of the Garwood Foundation.

Mark Butcher, the former England captain and opening batsman, a local resident and all-round decent bloke, was on hand as an ambassador for The Lord’s Taverners and Lady Taverners for the presentation of the bus last week, together with their sponsor, the Penpartnership Ltd.

The Garwood Foundation said, “This generous donation will enable the children of Rutherford School Rutherford School, who all have profound and multiple learning disabilities, to go on trips to enhance their learning, but also their life experiences.

“In addition, Sixth Formers will be able to travel to the Garwood Foundation’s Bramley Hill Centre for their work experience or take part in trips into the community, such as local farms, garden centres, cafés, cinemas and bowling.

“It is extremely helpful to have this fantastic new bus as it enables our pupils to go out as a group and therefore form friendships with each other.”

The Lord’s and Lady Taverners, the charity fund-raisers based around the Lord’s cricket ground, have made more than 1,200 minibuses available for community projects since 1976.

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