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Bus boost for sick Suffolk youngsters

PUBLISHED: 06:11 26 June 2003 | UPDATED: 14:03 03 March 2010

A FUND originally set up for young engineers looks set to make a difference to the lives of terminally ill Suffolk youngsters.

Thanks to a massive £56,000 donation, two purpose built mini buses have been bought to transport the children and their brothers and sisters who use Ipswich Children's Hospice.

A FUND originally set up for young engineers looks set to make a difference to the lives of terminally ill Suffolk youngsters.

Thanks to a massive £56,000 donation, two purpose built mini buses have been bought to transport the children and their brothers and sisters who use Ipswich Children's Hospice.

Outings for all children, including the older ones with bigger, motorised wheelchairs can now be on the agenda because of the two new buses.

Sheila Gauld, the Ipswich Children's Hospice Manager, said: "We are delighted to receive this fabulous gift and we are extremely grateful to the trustees of this Fund for choosing our children to benefit.

"It will make a tremendous difference, allowing us to take the sick children as well as their brothers and sisters on outings.

"Because of the special modifications made to the buses, we will also be able to take the older children in their larger motorised wheelchairs out in comfort. We're absolutely thrilled!"

The money has come from Ipswich based MacRobert/Lucas CAV Engineering Fund.

It was originally set up in 1981 in order to encourage and support young engineers in the Lucas CAV companies.

As a result of company re-organisations and senior retirements, the fund had not been used in recent years and the trustees decided that it should be wound up.

It was decided that the assets of the Fund should be directed to benefit the people of the Ipswich area, with special reference to children.

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