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Alan Curbishley presents Bromley charity with minibus

PUBLISHED: 15:55 06 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:59 06 October 2015

Alan Curbishley presents The Maypole Project with a free minibus

Alan Curbishley presents The Maypole Project with a free minibus

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The former Charlton Athletic and West Ham United boss presented The Maypole Project with the vehicle to help improve the charity's accessibility

A minibus has been presented to a Bromley charity to help improve accessibility.

The Maypole Project, who applied for the minibus last October with the hope of using it to take children and their families to their inclusive sports club and for days out, received the donation from fellow charity The Axis Foundation.

Former Charlton Athletic and West Ham United manager Alan Curbishley presented the bus to the charity at an event in Green Street Green on Monday morning.

The Maypole Project’s aim is to ease the stress and pain experienced by children who have chronic, life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses by providing a lifeline of emotional support.

The support consists of counselling, groups, arts and crafts activities and sporting sessions known as Maypole Active.

Sally Flatteau, the founder of the charity, said: “Everyone at The Maypole Project was absolutely amazed and delighted to hear that we were successful in our bid to gain a minibus. This minibus will make a huge impact on the services we can provide to families and the children – where transport is frequently a major block to access. We will also have the ability to develop activities and outings that we have, until this point, put on hold.”

The Maypole Project supports over 1000 people every year and the minibus will be used by over 500 children with it helping to transport them to many different events and activities.

The bus will also be used to bring the parents who lack transport to the support groups and events and for weekend activities and summer holiday activities, as well as possibly taking families to different centres for treatments.

Chairman of the Axis Foundation, Peter Varney, said: “I have had the privilege of visiting the Maypole Project and seeing at first hand the wonderful service they provide and I know the minibus is going to make a real impact in the communities in which they operate.

“Everyone connected with the Axis Foundation is delighted to be supporting such a worthy charity.”

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