25 January 2019

VADO present Minibus to Pathfield School

News

After the highly successful VADO Rally raised an incredible £101,000 in June 2018, VADO were delighted to present a brand-new minibus to Pathfield School in Barnstaple.

The 17-seater Variety Sunshine Coach, named in support of Variety, one of the two chosen charities for the VADO Rally, will be vital in transporting children to local events whilst allowing the whole class to go out together.

The VADO Rally organisers, Steven Swallow, VADO’s Director of National Accounts, and Tiffany Drent, VADO’s Area Sales Manager for the South-East South, were on hand to pass the keys over to Cherie White, the Head Teacher of Pathfield School.

Mrs White referred to Variety Sunshine Coach as “an amazing resource which will allow pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties to develop an awareness of their local environment.

We are extremely grateful for the support our students have received from Variety and VADO.”

Variety, one of two chosen charities for the VADO Rally, are a children’s charity that offer tangible help and equal opportunities to children who are forced to cope with sickness, disability or disadvantage.

Dave King, Head of Programmes at Variety, Derek Cleverdon, Regional Chairman of the South West Committee, and Pauline Cleverdon were also present for the grand unveiling.

Steven Swallow explained, “the VADO Rally has quickly become one of the highlights in our industry. A serious amount of time and commitment is given to the event by organisers at VADO as well as the teams that enter it.

Every second is worthwhile when the money that is raised makes a difference to the lives of children.”

The VADO Rally saw 22 teams embark through Copenhagen, Namur, Amsterdam, Lüneburg and Malmö to raise money for the Rainy Day Trust and Variety charities. After covering a total of 1,000 miles throughout six countries, the teams raised a total of £101,000; smashing the previous of £65,000 raised in 2016.

Tiffany Drent added, “it was great to see how the money is being spent and to meet the kids who will benefit from the rally, it certainly makes all the hard work worth it. This incredible achievement couldn’t have been done without all of those who entered and donated.”