Cricket broadcaster bowls over Mansfield school

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A broadcasting legend bowled over pupils and staff when he visited a special school in Mansfield to help hand over a new minibus.

Jonathan Agnew, who is the voice of BBC Radio’s cricket ‘Test Match Special’, was at Fountaindale School to present the new £48,000 wheelchair-accessible bus to staff and pupils.

Former Leicestershire County Cricket Club player Agnew was joined at the presentation by members of the Lord’s Taverner, a registered charity which promotes sport and recreation, especially cricket, in disadvantaged and disabled young people.

The school, which caters for up to 60 children aged 3-19 with complex and physical needs, raised half the funds for the 16-seater vehicle, with the Lord’s Taverners paying for the rest.

It will help Fountaindale access community-based resources such as sports centres and libraries, while also allowing them to develop their independence skills through access to community amenities and residential experiences.

Principal Mark Dengel said: “We would have found it difficult to fund it all ourselves so we are very grateful.

“We have really missed having a minibus, it’s seriously affected the number of trips out.

“It was a good day, he (Jonathan Agnew) had a look round the school, and he was very friendly and very good with the kids.

“We had managed to keep the whole thing a surprise from the kids, and we pulled back the curtain to show the minibus.”