One for the road

24 February 2020

How a generous donation will enhance the lives of children at Buckets and Spades

On Sunday 23 February 2020 a new minibus, donated by Irving and Gillian Carter, was launched on its maiden adventure at Buckets and Spades, Norwood’s short-breaks service for children with learning disabilities and complex health needs. The bus bears the inscription: “Donated with love by Gillian and Irving Carter, in loving memory of Sylvia Carter [Irving’s mother, who died last year at 103 years old] and David Ordever [a cousin, who died last year at the age of 37].”

There to see the bus – driven by dedicated, long-term Norwood volunteer Malcolm Feiger – off to take Buckets and Spades service users to the Arts Depot in Finchley to see Julia Donaldson’s Zog, were various members of the Carter and Ordever families and Norwood dignitaries including joint presidents Lord Mendelsohn and Lady Mendelsohn CBE, honorary life president David Ereira and chief executive Dr Beverley Jacobson.

David Ereira, Beverley Jacobson, Irving Carter and a Buckets & Spades service user pose for a picture as the bus prepares to set off on its first outing.

To reinforce the family spirit of the event, David Ereira was accompanied by his daughter, Isabelle, who used to volunteer at Buckets and Spades, and Beverley Jacobson was there with her daughter, Talya, who has used the service.

Talya told the gathering, “I used to come and stay at Buckets and Spades from the time I was eight until I was 18 and I loved going on the outings!” Gillian Carter, who was one of the first volunteers at Buckets and Spades, replied: “That’s what this is all about,” before going on to talk movingly about her desire to help children in need and how proud she was that her young cousin’s memory could be perpetuated in this way. Lord Mendelsohn then thanked the Carters and described how vital the Buckets and Spades service is for so many children and their families and how the minibus enhances the service’s ability to provide interesting inclusive activities for the young people.

Irving Carter (second from right) and his wife Gillian Carter (in light grey) with various members of the Carter and Ordever families alongside Norwood dignitaries including honorary life president, David Ereira (far left); presidents Jon and Nicola Mendelsohn (third from right and in white coat); chief executive, Dr Beverley Jacobson and her daughter Talya (next to Gillian Carter).