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JCB Sittingbourne Van Centre's support helps sporting charity, Panathlon Challenge

More disabled youngsters from across schools in UK will be able to take part in a Paralympics-style challenge thanks to sponsorship from JCB's Sittingbourne Van Centre.

The Panathlon Challenge is a national charity which provides sporting opportunities for over 10,000 disabled young people each year. It encourages pupils from over 560 schools in the country to represent their school in a nationally recognised initiative. The challenge comprises Paralympics style-sports, including swimming, boccia, polybat, kurling, table cricket and field and track athletics.

The Group has supported the Panathlon Challenge for the past five years, with the charity’s objective in 2017 being to expand its reach to every area of the country by 2020. To meet this goal, the charity needed to purchase three vans to help them deliver their programme to more and more schools; and with JCB Group being among the UKs largest Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles dealer groups, the Panathlon Challenge found themselves in good company! The JCB Group were delighted to help the charity source three Volkswagen Caddy Vans, providing financial support towards their purchase.

Jonathan Bischoff, Managing Director of the JCB Group said: “We aim to actively support local education and sporting projects and have been delighted to have supported the Panathlon Challenge initiative, which clearly embraces both of these important criteria. We are particularly pleased that our support will help the charity deliver more exciting events for children with physical and cognitive impairments.”

Pictured is Ashley Iceton and his team taking delivery of the vans from Business Manager Chris Loveys at the Sittingbourne Van Centre.

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