North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson joined teachers and students from Uplands school, as well as representatives from the Rotary Club and Rockin’ Robin from Swindon Town Football Club at one of their charity ‘Bikeathons’ at Asda Walmart for the Uplands Educational Trust.
The trust is currently trying to raise £5,000 towards buying a new minibus so that learners will be able to attend work placements, holiday clubs and be able to socialise with their peers. Horizons College is encouraging volunteers to get involved cycling 50 miles at each event and according to the educational trust’s website, they have raised approximately £2,300 so far. Justin was on hand to join the team in cycling a mile as part of his contribution to the 50!
Justin said: “I took this opportunity to thank all of the wonderful volunteers here who have worked exceptionally hard for the UET. I have been a long-standing supporter of the Trust which provides so many opportunities to its learners and it is so great to see the students so enthusiastic. Their efforts and success so far has been remarkable.”
Uplands caters for students with severe or profound learning difficulties.