Parents lead funds’ plea for new bus

Breakfast and after school club manager Karon Curryer is pictured with the burnt out minibus
Breakfast and after school club manager Karon Curryer is pictured with the burnt out minibus

PARENTS at a centre where a children’s minibus was torched are appealing for financial help to get back on the road.

Arsonists started the fire which destroyed the minibus used to drop off and collect children from school at the Bridgemere Centre’s breakfast and after school clubs earlier this month.

The minibus was totally destroyed in the fire and now parents are having to pay extra for taxis to get their children to and from school.

This week Mark Povey and his partner Helen Avenell, whose daughter attends the centre, said they wanted to help find a replacement minibus and launch a fundraising appeal.

Mark said, “Both my partner and my daughter were shocked to see the burnt out minibus and it is upsetting.

“I was also shocked to hear of the loss not only to the club itself but to the young children, including my own, that rely on this essential service provided by the Bridgemere centre staff.

“This enables our children to get to and from schools within Eastbourne, and I felt the need to offer my support where possible.

“I have offered my support in trying to source a replacement minibus and to also part or fully finance the replacement.

“I have received a possible three offers of minibuses from local schools and one local business that may be in a position to provide a replacement minibus to the similar specification that the Bridgemere had and am still waiting to hear of confirmation and a cost from all three.

“I would like to ask the local community if anybody, including other parents of children that attend the Bridgemere Centre, if they are in a position to donate any money towards the replacement of the minibus or if any member of the public is willing to meet me half way on my offer of funds.

“I would also like to ask the public for help if anyone has a 13-seater minibus or knows of anyone selling one to get in contact with myself at or call 07788881932.”