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Charity man bequeaths Harrow school new minibus
CHILDREN at a Harrow special school have been given a much-needed minibus for educational trips in altruistic charity supporter's final act of kindness.
Pupils at Woodlands School in Bransgrove Road, Edgware, received a Sunshine Coach from the Variety Club on Friday purchased with money left for this purpose by trustee Richard Green, who died in September aged 95 and a childless widower.
Mr Green, who lived in Sudbury Court Drive, Harrow, before moving to a nursing home in October 2009, bequeathed more than Â£1million to nine national medical charities in his will.
Woodlands School headteacher John Feltham said: "The children are very excited and they love the bus. Many of our pupils cannot communicate verbally but you can tell by their behaviour they are very happy.
"We already have a minibus from the Variety Club that we are use often but we don't have the capacity to take all the children out at once: we have grown in size over the last few years and this new bus means we can take children into the community and extend their learning opportunities.
"It will be daily use, taking children to swim at Harrow Leisure Centre, or to their own homes, or to outings like Kew Gardens.
"We didn't know Mr Green but his legacy will make a real difference to what the children are able to learn and where they are able to learn, having a positive impact on their future."
Mr Green managed the books for a printing and publishing firm he founded with his brother-in-law until they sold the business for a profit.
He and his wife Margaret, who he nursed until she died nine years ago, were very active at Sudbury Golf Club, where he was captain twice and gifted the club a trophy for which members still compete.
Mr Green's niece Mandie Adams McGuire, who in his her 50s and lives in St Margarets, south-west London, said: "It's an amazing gesture and many people will benefit from his generosity."
Agnieszka Swita, Variety Club's legacy officer, said: "It is wonderful that after he provided for his loved ones, he remembered the cause he believed in his will. What an extraordinary man!"
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