Knutsford Over Ward people to get out and about with new minibus | Knutsford Times

Knutsford Over Ward people to get out and about with new minibus

By on November 29, 2009

The community-led organisation has just taken delivery of a ‘new to them’ minibus to replace its old one and help more residents get out and about more often, after a £15,000 fundraising campaign.

Now more volunteer drivers – who need only an ordinary driving licence – are sought to help local people get the most out of the vehicle.

Great Places Housing Group, the landlord at Longridge, co-ordinated the fundraising.

Other donations were given by local people, Cheshire Community Action Grassroots, Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund, Ashley and Dumville Ltd (Oil Recruitment), Knutsford Town Council, Knutsford Stroke Club, St John’s Senior Citizens’ Luncheon Club.

The new vehicle will mean residents can get a ride to and from all sorts of destinations and activities, extending the service which has been running for five years – especially if more drivers are available.

Groups already benefiting include the Knutsford Lions, Knutsford Stroke Club, Air Cadets, St John’s Senior Citizens’ luncheon club, local youth organisations and the Cheshire Penguins.

Knutsford Community Transport Association (KCTA) is a voluntary, not-for-profit organisation. Its new vehicle is a 16-seater Mercedes Benz, with tail lift and removable seating. It will cater for the elderly, those with restricted mobility, wheelchair users and families with pushchairs.

As a result of the new minibus, more groups are now able to take advantage of the service, including sheltered housing schemes Royce Court, Sharston House and the Unitarian church, Brook Street Chapel.

The group would like to thank all their funders for their support and would also like to thank Dennis Newton’s MOT centre for their continued kindness in maintaining their vehicle.

Jane Webster, chair of the Knutsford Lions, said: “We are delighted. The bus provides numerous groups with an opportunity to take their members to lunch clubs, outings and activities at an affordable rate.

“Each group has to provide their own driver, and the more volunteers we have, the more use we can get out of the vehicle. An ordinary driving licence is all that’s required. It would be great if more people came forward.”

Alexandra Millward, youth and community development officer at Great Places, said: “Local people have worked really hard to raise this money and the minibus is great news for everyone. It’ll make a huge difference to the service that the association can provide.”

For more information about the service, or about volunteering as a driver, call Alex on 0161 447 5117.

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