Emmerdale star to hand over Sheffield minibus

Celebrity: Chris Chittell.
Celebrity: Chris Chittell.
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EMMERDALE actor Chris Chittell – who plays Eric Pollard – will present a minibus to a Sheffield college next week.

The actor, who has been invited as a celebrity guest, will be joined by Coun John Campbell, Lord Mayor of Sheffield, when he presents the bus to Freeman College - an educational charity that caters for young people aged 16 to 25 with severe autism and developmental problems.

The 15-seat minibus, costing £33,000, will be used to enable pupils to travel between the college’s seven sites.

It has been paid for by Lords Taverners, a youth cricket and disability sports charity, which has pledged to donate more than £3 million this year.

Staff from the Sheffield office of Investec Wealth & Investment will also attend to see how their own fundraising efforts will benefit youngsters with disabilities.

Employees will don their lycra in July for the Investec Ashes 2013 Cycle Challenge, cycling 340 miles from Durham to London via all five Investec Ashes Test Match grounds, from July 13 to 17, to put more Lord’s Taverners minibuses on the road.

Tim Berg, of The Lord’s Taverners, said: “The Lord’s Taverners believes sport and recreation are essential for all young people, particularly those with special needs.

“This minibus will help the Freeman youngsters get out and enjoy new places.”