The Bucks Masonic Centenary Fund (BMCF) awarded £3,200 for the purchase of a trailer for Alfriston School’s minibus to enable them to provide invaluable experiences for their girls to learn to face personal challenges in unfamiliar and testing environments
Mike Clanfield, Buckinghamshire’s Provincial Charity Steward, went to the school in Beaconsfield to meet the teachers and girls that will be using it.
Alfriston School is a special school for girls with learning difficulties and their main aim is to help their girls to gain the confidence and skills needed to be able to enjoy and participate in life as contributing adults.
Alfriston School’s Headteacher Jinna Male commented: ‘This trailer is being used to take our girls out of their home environments on expeditions and trips.
‘Some of our girls are learning to ride a bike, and we have taken the mountain bikes out to the woods to give them an exciting and inspiring setting in which to learn. Others have been on residential adventurous trips such as the New Forest, where the trailer has been used to take the large and expansive equipment needed.
‘Our older girls are practicing for the Duke of Edinburgh Award, and the trailer is much needed in taking their camping and other kit needed to support this. Our curriculum can now include a wider and more varied programme of adventurous and outdoor activities that will develop their personal attributes such as resilience, perseverance and co-operation to equip them for life beyond Alfriston.’