Siemens Mobility in Goole has become the latest donor to a local school’s fundraising campaign to buy a specially adapted minibus.
The company which is developing the new rail manufacturing site on Tom Pudding Way has made a £3,000 donation towards Riverside School’s ongoing fundraiser to buy a new minibus. The school launched its fundraising campaign earlier this year with the aim of raising £47,000 for a new 17-seater minibus with electric wheelchair access to take classes on off-site enrichment trips to leisure centres, museums, galleries and other attractions.
Pete Parker, director of asset management and assurance at Siemens Mobility in Goole, has been the STEM Ambassador for Riverside and heard about the fundraising appeal for the new minibus. After making a personal donation, he raised the appeal with the company, which agreed to donate £3,000. He said: “Riverside is a wonderful school and the staff there go above and beyond to give the pupils there the best possible opportunities they can, including taking them out on enrichment trips. “It’s so important that the less advantaged people in society don’t get forgotten about and Siemens Mobility was more than happy to come forward with this contribution. I’d like to think we could see some of the pupils from Riverside working at our factory in Goole at some point in the future.”
Andy Hall, Headteacher at the school, added: “This donation from Siemens Mobility is absolutely brilliant and we’re incredibly grateful, as we’ve been to everyone who’s supported our fundraising efforts. “The enrichment trips we take our pupils on make a massive difference to them and we’re now well on our way to reaching our target.” Anne Handley, Goole Town Councillor and deputy leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, attended the official cheque presentation at the school. She said: “I’m delighted that Siemens Mobility are yet again supporting the local community with this fantastic donation towards the Riverside School minibus appeal. Their support for Goole has been second to none and they’ve become an incredible asset to the town.”
Siemens Mobility also recently donated an outdoor facility to nearby Airmyn Park Primary School for use as a unique new learning space. It has also supported the community by jointly funding enhancements to Oakhill Nature Reserve, in Goole, and contributing towards the town’s Two Rivers Community Pantry food bank.
Andy Hall, headteacher at Riverside School accepting a cheque from Pete Parker, director of asset management and assurance at Siemens Mobility in Goole, pictured with Cllr Anne Handley, Goole Town Councillor and Deputy Leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council. (01-09-118 SU)