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Charity rides to rescue of town’s SOS bus service

Newmarket Open Door's general manager John Durrant with Colin Middleton, team leader and driver, Claire O'Neill, team leader, Sam Wood, health care assistant and volunteer helper, Richard Taylor, Volunteer and Team Leader, Barbara Hansen, volunteer, and Mark Deer, regional CFR co-ordinator.

Newmarket Open Door's general manager John Durrant with Colin Middleton, team leader and driver, Claire O'Neill, team leader, Sam Wood, health care assistant and volunteer helper, Richard Taylor, Volunteer and Team Leader, Barbara Hansen, volunteer, and Mark Deer, regional CFR co-ordinator.

Newmarket’s SOS Bus has been kept on the road after a local churches’ charity stepped in to save it.

First launched in 2009, it had been operated by the town’s Community Partnership, but when lack of funding forced the charity to fold, the bus looked certain to cease operations.

However following urgent talks, Newmarket Open Door came to rescue and the bus, which works in association with the Town Pastors, police and emergency services and venue staff. to provide safe haven, advice and medical assistance for late night clubbers and pub-goers in difficulties, will now be able to continue until at least September.

John Durrant, general manager of Open Door, said: ” It is sad that the Community Partnership is ending but the legacy funds will salvage the Bus for the immediate future. Furthermore, if two trust applications are successfully concluded we can survive into next year. In the long-term we will need support from local business, and our community, and at only £250 per night I believe we can attract enough sponsorship to make the bus sustainable.”

 

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