New set of wheels for pupils thanks to firm’s generosity

Mortons donated this minbus to St Lawrence School EMN-140603-152603001
Mortons donated this minbus to St Lawrence School EMN-140603-152603001

Youngsters at two special needs schools are set to enjoy a host of trips, visits and learning experiences thanks to the backing of a Horncastle business.

Publisher and printer Mortons has provided a brand new minibus for the Lincolnshire Wolds Federation, which is made up of two schools - St Lawrence Special School in Horncastle and St Bernard’s School in Louth.

Mortons’ company chairman Philip Sharpe said he was delighted the company could put something back into the community in which it’s been based for more than a century, and it was a cause close to his own heart.

“I have been a great admirer of St Lawrence school since being shown round by its first head, Ken Boyes, while I was reporting for the Horncastle News.

“Ken explained to me then that equipping pupils with quite basic life skills was very high on his list of priorities – preparing them to cope in the big wide world. And this minibus is certainly a means of youngsters gaining experiences wider than their home classrooms.

“Over the years I have learned more and more about the school and the federation, which, like Mortons, is very much a part of our community. With their objective to encourage pupils to aim to be ‘all that they can be’ the schools have given many youngsters the qualifications and, above all, the confidence, to go on to further education.”

Michelle Hockham, from St Lawrence, added: “Personally, I can’t wait to get behind the wheel, it’s fantastic.”