Pupils at Newcastle's Sacred Heart High School had the winning formula when their new maths teacher, Mandi Davis, entered a national newspaper prize draw and won a Ford Transit 15-seat Minibus.
"The competition came about at the time when we extended the Ford range of minibuses to include the 12- and 17- seat models. Teachers told us that lack of transport for children is one of the main issues affecting activities in schools today. We knew we had the ideal vehicle to get schools moving," said Steve Parker, director of commercial vehicles, Ford of Britain.
Mandi, who has only just joined the staff at Sacred Heart, kicked her new career off to an amazing start by collecting the Ford Transit Minibus tokens in the Times Educational Supplement to enter the prize draw.
"Everyone is delighted to have won the minibus. We are currently fundraising to bring our school on to a single site and so we would not have been able to buy a new minibus too. I feel like I've won the lottery for a whole community of people who are going to benefit from being able to get around safely," said Mandi.
The 15-seat Transit Minibus is loaded with safety equipment, including lap and diagonal belts on all seats, driver and outer front passenger airbags and ABS.
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