Pupil wins cash for new car

Posted on: Thursday 21 March 2024

A pupil has successfully applied for funding to purchase a new car for his school.  

Deacon Walker, who attends the autism base at Cwmbran High, submitted a presentation to Cwmbran Trust outlining how a vehicle would help pupils to access the community and develop their social skills.  

The trust, which provides funding to schools, community groups and individuals, was so impressed, they awarded the base £20,000 which will be used to buy a seven-seater vehicle. 

Deacon, who is in Year 11, said: “Honestly, I was just astounded when I realised I had won the bid, I am very happy of the legacy I will leave behind knowing others can benefit from the car.” 

The base supports 22 pupils with autism and associated needs to provide an education and allow them as much inclusion as possible.

Caroline Payne, head of the ASD base, said: “We are incredibly proud of Deacon presenting to Cwmbran Trust in such a professional manor, we are also very grateful to Cwmbran Trust for putting their faith in us.”

“Over the last few years, we have had an increased number of students with more complex needs, a car would help us ensure we offer all pupils the same opportunities to visit provisions like Horselands and Serennu Centre.”

Mark Poulton, Cwmbran Trust Chairman, added: “Deacon was a very polite, confident and an honourable young man who has used his skills to achieve this provision even though he won’t be around to enjoy it himself after leaving school, he should be very proud of himself for articulating so well throughout the presentation.”  

Cwmbran High School are hoping to have a car by the end of the summer term. 

If you’d like to learn more about the Cwmbran Trust and how to apply, please click here. 

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