Tor Bank School

Glentoran Community Trust Tor Bank Mini-Bus Appeal
15th June 2007

Glentoran Community Trust are delighted to reveal the final amount of money raised for the Tor Bank School Mini Bus Appeal Fund.

GCT Commercial Manager Ronnie Hoy organised a Sports Memorabilia Auction at the Elk Inn Dundonald in April to assist with the school funding for a new mini bus.

Tor Bank is a Controlled, Special School opened in 1968, situated beside the Ulster Hospital on the Upper Newtownards Road opposite the Moat Park, and caters for pupils with severe learning difficulties.

The school exudes a strong community spirit which is maintained by pupils, staff, parents and friends of Tor Bank. All 260-plus members of the Glentoran Community Trust are delighted to be associated with the school.
Pictured left is Glentoran Community Trust Commercial Manager Ronnie Hoy presenting the cheque to the children and staff who will benefit from the accquisition of the new mini bus.

Colm Davis the school principal writes … “Dear Ronnie, On behalf of the pupils and staff of Tor Bank school would you please pass on our sincere thanks to the members of the Glentoran Community Trust for their very generous gift. This was a fantastic donation and I know that a great deal of work was involved in organising the auction both before the event and on the evening. As you know we have recently purchased a school bus to help transport the children to and from special events and outings, and your gift will greatly help boost the school bus fund”

One of the projects which the GCT had embarked upon after it’s inception was an attempt to provide transport facilities for supporters, who through infirmity or welfare issues were unable to come down to the Oval on a Saturday and watch the Glens. Sadly, despite our best efforts, there was no real take up on the project and the Trust readily acknowledges that not every concept will fulfil it’s objective.

However not to be outdone Ronnie quickly moved to restructure the project by assisting our friends at Tor Bank with their transport needs. The GCT are led to believe that one of the first trips on the cards for the pupils will be a visit to one of Glentoran’s home games at the start of the season, and we will be delighted to see a lot of new Glentoran fans cheering on the red green and black come August.

For the record the total amount raised by Ronnie on behalf of the GCT was a remarkable £3,461.98!

The board and members of the Glentoran Community Trust would pay tribute to the tremendous efforts of Ronnie for his work on behalf of the GCT, and also thank the management and staff of the Elk Inn Dundonald, Clifford Logan, and all those who put items up for auction to make the project such a success.