April 10 2012. 

Anyone out there feeling charitable and would like to help some children with special needs get a taste of two wheels?

The BMF's Chief Marshal for the BMF Show, Mandi Neary, is after 12 helmets for the children at her son's school, Walton Hall Community Special School in Eccleshall, Staffs.

The school is set in extensive grounds where they offer a range of activities such as football, tennis and basketball, but they also have a motorcycle riding area where the children have the opportunity to learn to ride quads and trials bikes.

The children range from 11 to 19 but Mandi says that due to their condition, some are quite small so they are desperately in need of 12 smaller sized full-face helmets. Any donated helmets, no matter how few in number, would be gratefully received she said.

Catering for children from 11 to 19 with a huge range of disabilities from ASD, (Autistic Spectrum Disorder), to PMLD, (Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities), the school follows the ethos of a secondary mainstream school, but with greater emphasis on the individual needs and abilities of each student. The aim is for their students to become fully involved in not only the school community but also the community in which they live.

Their website can be found at http://waltonhallschool.homestead.com/  

BMF PR man Jeff Stone is your contact and says that as a way of saying thank you, anyone donating helmets will be featured in the BMF magazine Motorcycle Rider and on the BMF website and possibly, depending on the level of response, at a formal handover at the BMF Show in May.

You can contact Jeff at jeffstone@bmf.co.uk or on 07802 763094