Regeneration specialist, Crest Nicholson, supports local school with Sunshine Coach donation

Crest Nicholson Regeneration, the residential developer behind Park Central in Birmingham city centre, has donated £18,750 towards a Variety Sunshine Coach for St Thomas CE Primary School, as part of its aim to help regenerate the local area.

The £18,750 gift was raised by Crest Nicholson Regeneration suppliers and staff last autumn and has now been donated to Variety, the Children’s Charity, which used the money to supply a ‘Sunshine Coach’ to the local school located on Great Colmore Street at the edge of the Park Central development. The minibus will be used to extend learning opportunities within the National Curriculum. Debbie Aplin, managing director of Crest Nicholson Regeneration presented the minibus to head teacher Daniel Lassetter at a special ceremony in front of representatives from Variety and teachers and pupils from St. Thomas Primary School – not to mention Bob the Builder!

Debbie Aplin said: “Over the past 10 years, our dedicated construction team at Park Central has transformed the former Lee Bank area which was once renowned for its poor housing and social conditions. Our aim was to do more than build new homes where people want to live – we wanted to ensure a long-lasting and sustainable community was created where people can grow, learn and enjoy, and this remains our mission as construction starts on the next phase.

“This donation of the Sunshine Coach represents our commitment to the schools and community surrounding Park Central and I hope pupils and teachers at St. Thomas enjoy the opportunities that their new minibus brings. It is a great feeling to know that we are part of young children’s learning and development in the local area.”

Construction has now started on the central phase at Park Central, Central Plaza, which represents a £15 million investment into the development.

Daniel Lassetter, head teacher at St Thomas CE Primary School, said: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank Crest Nicholson Regeneration for making this generous donation. We have one minibus that was donated to us by Variety many years ago, but until now we didn’t have the capacity to take whole classes out at once. The new coach will allow us to take whole classes of children into the community, enriching our creative curriculum and extending the children’s learning opportunities.”

Variety has donated more than 5,150 minibuses since 1962 through the Sunshine Coach programme. Each coach represents a joint fundraising effort between organisations such as Crest Nicholson, Variety and local schools.

Mike Haszko, deputy head of fundraising at Variety said: “The generous donation by Crest Nicholson Regeneration is a recognition that working together with industry, we can all make a huge difference to children’s lives. The new coach will enable pupils at St Thomas’ school to get out into the community and expand their learning opportunities more than we can imagine.”

Surrounded by eight acres of landscaped parkland, the new homes at Park Central start in price from just £143,500 for a stylish two bedroom apartment. For more information on Park Central, please call the sales team on 0121 666 4666. Alternatively visit the marketing suite, which is open daily from 10am to 5pm and is located at Park Central, Spring Street, Birmingham B15 2GD.

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