A FUND-RAISING campaign has been launched to pay for a new minibus at a special needs school.

Hexham Priory School is in desperate need of a replacement vehicle to replace one of its ageing adapted minibuses, which has been deemed too expensive to fix.

Headteacher Liz Davison explained that the school needed at least £35,000 for a new vehicle.

She said: “We’ve had the current bus since 2003. It was donated by the Wooden Spoon Charity.

“We do such a lot of work outside of school to support the curriculum.

“I think it will be at least £35,000, but they go up to around £60,000.”

The Friends of Hexham Priory, made up of parents of children at the school, has been fund-raising for the bus.

Donations can be made via a justgiving page at justgiving.com/crowdfunding/FOHPSminibus, or by contacting the school.