London’s Markfield Project, an inclusive community hub for disabled, deaf and autistic people, is celebrating the arrival of a new minibus from charity Lord’s Taverners on 1 September.
The money for the minibus came as a result of exhibition industry event Sticky Wicket, which raised £50,000 for the charity earlier this year.
The Markfield Project, based in Tottenham, was established in 1979 by parents of disabled children, with the desire to create an inclusive place for disabled and non-disabled children to play. A converted Victorian pump house was refurbished to create the community centre and opened by the late Diana Princess of Wales in 1986.
The minibus will be a valuable asset to the community centre, enabling the smooth running of the inclusive after school clubs and holiday play schemes they run.
Markfield provides youth clubs in the afternoon and evening with music, art, sport, and films enabling young people to socialise, relax and choose activities they enjoy taking part in.
Television presenter and Lord’s Taverners supporter Jonnie Irwin was in attendance as the minibus was present to the Markfield Project.
“It was a huge honour to be part of the handover and get to see first hand the immediate positive impact the minibus is having at The Markfield Project,” he said. “The ability to take some pressure off parents, staff and volunteers through the practicality of reliable and regular transport speaks for itself.
“To meet some of the young people there who, with the use of the minibus are able to not just enjoy activities at the centre but also enjoy some of the everyday things that many of us simply take for granted, shows just how significant these vehicles are. It was great to see how everyone attending Sticky Wicket and all other Lord’s Taverners fundraising events can have such a tangible impact in our communities.”
In the 11 years it has been running Sticky Wicket has raised over £370,000 for Lord’s Taverners.