The Story: Success4All got a phone call to say that ‘George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces’, were interested in filming their double-decker bus conversion project. To the question: ‘Do you have a double-decker bus?’ came the enthusiastic answer: ‘No, but we can get one!’ With no money whatsoever for this, this meant they had 1 month to raise £55k to buy the bus and convert it. With a stroke of luck, North East engineering charity Reece Foundation, gave a hefty donation of £30k allowing Success4All to buy a London double-decker bus ready for the first day of filming with George Clarke. Following an intensive month of crowdfunding and generous donations from many local businesses, Success4All’s Learning Bus was a full steam ahead.
With only a 2-month deadline, Success4All had to strip, build and paint 1,175 square feet of bus, with the help of a very skilled local joiner, Brian Home, of SkillBuild Joinery, the Learning Bus has been converted into a state-of-the-art multifunctional learning facility, complete with built-in WiFi, STEM equipment, café and lounge. We finished just in time for the new season of ‘George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces’, we appeared on episode 6 of series 8, which was aired on Channel 4 at 8pm on Sunday 10th February 2019.