Fraserburgh’s Westfield School is celebrating this week having raised enough money to purchase a vital new minibus.
The money milestone was achieved with the presentation of a £1,000 cheque from Dunes Golf Club on Thursday last week.
Louise Tait, manager of Dunes, presented a cheque to Westfield headteacher, Susan Stewart and pupils of the special school. Ms Tait told the Herald: “We really wanted to give the funds raised at our anniversary event to a local charity and give something back to the local community who have supported us during our first year. Pupils from the school often attend Dunes so they came to mind.”
To celebrate its first anniversary Dunes Golf Club held a party with an evening of free entertainment, including free 10-minute swing checks with P.G.A. Professional and former European Tour player, Lee Vannet.
The money donated to the school had been raised from sales of cup cakes and the raffles which included sets of golf clubs for girls and a boys
Susan Stewart told the Herald: “We really appreciate everything the local community have done to support us. We have now managed to secure sufficient funding and have ordered our new minibus.”
Currently the Variety Club own the minibus used by Westfield which will be returned to the charity upon delivery of the new minibus.
Sunshine Coaches, an arm of the charity work provided by the Variety Club present vehicles to organisations which support sick, disabled or disadvantaged children up to the age of 19 years old.
The organisation has supported Westfield School with the provision of a bus for a number of years. When the decision was made to look into updating the schools vehicle it was decided that economically it was more beneficial for the school to have its own bus as this would give the school a vehicle that could then be traded in when the time came for a further replacement.
The minibus, which will be specially-adapted to suit the needs of the children who attend Westfield School, enables the school to take the children on educational trips and experience a wide range of activities that without the transport might not be possible.
Mrs Stewart explained that although Aberdeenshire Council would insure the minibus, the school will be responsible for its maintenance, so fundraising willcontinue to cover ongoing costs.
She continued: “We are really looking forward to receiving our new minibus in the near future and wish to thank the local community for all their help.”