Glyn Hopkin, one of the largest car dealer groups in the UK, has donated a minibus to staff and pupils at the National Autistic Society’s Anderson School. The all-new Renault Trafic Passenger LWB will enable students to take part in many more off-site activities as part of the school’s ‘Adventure Learning Programme’.
The nine-seater minibus was handed over to staff and students at the school by Glyn Hopkin, founder of the Glyn Hopkin car dealer group and The Glyn Hopkin Charitable Foundation CIO, last week. The vehicle will be used as part of a weekly external programme, which enables students to take part in off-campus activities such as horse riding, rock climbing and sailing.
The ‘Adventure Learning Programme' takes place every Friday, and the first outing with the new minibus was to the High Beech Riding School in Waltham Abbey. Access to their own vehicle means the school no longer needs to lease buses each week to transport students.
Gary Simm, Principal at the National Autistic Society Anderson School, said: “Here at the National Autistic Society Anderson School, we strive to provide our students with as many opportunities as possible and this bus will be used every week for our Adventure Learning Programme. We are so grateful to Glyn Hopkin for visiting our school and personally donating a minibus.”
Glyn Hopkin commented: “I visited the school back when it was still being built so it was very gratifying to see it up and running. I’m proud and pleased to support the school and to hand over the new vehicle, which I am certain will help enrich the lives of many young individuals.”
The Anderson School is the newest educational facility run by the National Autism Society, which was established more than 50 years ago and is now the largest provider of specialist autism services. The Anderson School is a purpose-built autism-specific school, supporting students aged 11-19 by preparing them for life and employment or training. Last year, the school helped more than 1,000 employers to gain a better understanding of autism through its engagement programmes.Glyn Hopkin added: “Our charitable organisation has been working closely with a number of Autism-related causes, and most recently launched a new employment scheme, ‘SPACE’, to help young people with Autism to secure work positions – including within the Glyn Hopkin motor retail business.”