Club celebrates as it is given a new minibus

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A CLUB for adults with learning difficulties has been given a minibus thanks to the generosity of local businesses.

The Friday Night Club meets at Wallington Village Hall on Monday evenings and is attended by up to 60 people with learning difficulties.

It is run by Geoff Knipe, who was thrilled with the new replacement vehicle.

He said: ‘When corporate business show their social conscience all things are possible. As a result of their generosity we have a lovely new minibus. With its tow bar, we will be able to transport our equipment to our various activities.’

The money was raised when Jason Kehoe, director of the Green Room Group, grew a beard and donated the money he raised to the club.

He mentioned this to Anthony Constantinou, CEO of business solutions provider CWM World, who donated the £18,000 required to purchase the minibus.

Then Mr Kehoe raised a further £2,000.

Mr Kehoe said: ‘I admire the way, in partnership with NHS TQtwentyone, the club supports independent living and lifts the esteem of those with learning difficulties by providing gardening, catering and leisure activities.’

The minibus was supplied by the Richmond Motor Group of Farlington, which paid for the sign writing and for three years servicing.

Tim Syson, showroom manager, said: ‘As a family-owned company, we are very pleased to be able to support our local community.’