Supporting Sandfield Park

Pupils at Sandfield Park School in Liverpool will be able to continue to develop their independent living skills thanks to the award of the Steve Morgan Foundation’s 62nd Smiley Bus.

Sandfield Park School offers three separate special needs facilities next to Alder Hey Hospital, and serves the needs of young people with a wide range of physical, medical, emotional and learning difficulties.

This includes providing education to children who are attending Alder Hey Hospital.

The needs of the children at the school, and the activities put on, have left teachers stretched in terms of the vehicles available, so the new 17-seater wheelchair-accessible Smiley Bus will provide a major boost to staff and students alike.

Carly Hynes. from Sandfield Park, said: “We are delighted with our new Smiley Bus and really appreciative of the Steve Morgan Foundation for providing it.

“We are very much focused on teaching the children life skills and independence, which includes transporting them to extra-curricular activities such as the cinema, theatre, museum, shopping trips or sports centres.

“Every pupil has the opportunity to attend a residential at the specialist Calvert Trust in the Lake District each year, and some are also able to study for the Duke of Edinburgh award.

“All these activities put a real strain on our transport resources, and so to have this brand new wheelchair-accessible Smiley Bus is going to make such a difference to the lives of the children.”

Pupils across the three facilities suffer with a wide range of mental health and communication issues, and physical disabilities including Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Down Syndrome and Autism.

The school has 13 classes, and some have up to five children in wheelchairs, while pupils stay in the sixth form for three years to allow an extra 12 months of life skills training.

The Steve Morgan Foundation previously donated £12,000 for a sensory room at the school, and is now delighted to be providing its 62nd Smiley Bus.

“Sandfield Park School do an excellent job working with many severely disabled young people, particularly by offering a range of extra-curricular activities which help encourage and develop their independence,” said Steve Morgan Foundation Administrator Jane Harris.

“To continue to do that was going to place considerable pressure on their transport capabilities, and as a result our trustees were delighted to agree to their application for one of new Smiley Buses.

“It will be great to know that the Smiley Bus is going to be used to help the students continue enjoy a range of activities out and about in the community, and we hope they are all enjoy making use of it!”

One of the trustees from the Steve Morgan Foundation is due to officially ‘hand over’ the Smiley Bus at the school next month.



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