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School sporting heroes return to unveil new minibus


Two GB sport stars have returned to their former school to unveil a new minibus.

 Paralympic double silver medallist Tom Hamer and former Great Britain handball player Holly Lam-Moores, visited School to help staff and students mark the long-awaited arrival of the minibus.

 The bus will be used by pupils across all year groups at the school and sixth form for a range of educational and extra-curricular trips including class trips, taster days, theatre visits, activity weekends and more.

 It was bought after a 12-month fundraising drive which saw pupils from all year groups of the school and sixth form along with staff, take part in a range of activities.

 As part of their fundraising efforts all staff, pupils and supporting staff took part in two challenging 10km walks around Rossendale. The first, held in April last year, raised £10,000 along with local business sponsors, while the second in October raised an additional £5000.

 Teachers at  school have decided that they will now hold the walk as an annual event every October to try and raise £5,000 towards the cost of upkeep and fuel.

 During their visit Tom and Holly were on hand at a special full school assembly to present vouchers to students from each year group who raised the most money.

 Holly Lam-Moores said: “Getting a minibus has been a dream for the school since I was a pupil here. It’s a great idea as it will allow more children to be able to get to sporting fixtures, and also provide opportunities for other extra curricular trips.

 “When I was at Alder Grange I loved attending competitions and think it is really important that it’s easy for children to be able to attend as it will open the doors for more opportunities in the future.”

 Tom Hamer added: “I’m really pleased that the school now has its own minibus. It looks great and it also matches my silver medals!

 “It will be really useful for pupils getting to and from sporting competitions without having to rely on parents. It will also show the rivals how serious Alder Grange takes sport.”

 Mrs Holland, Curriculum Leader for PE who has been instrumental in the fundraising said: “The minibus will be an extremely valuable asset to the whole school. It will allow even more opportunities for students to take part in activities such as sports competitions, fundraising days, theatre trips, activity weekends and more.

 “We now need to ensure that we have ongoing funds to keep it in good working order so we can continue to reap the maximum benefit from of it.”



AgMag Summer 2015