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A tuk tuk named Nellie could soon be taking to the streets of Soham

Soham tuk tuk (7274420)
Soham tuk tuk (7274420)

A tuk tuk named Nellie could soon be taking to the streets of Soham if a fund-raising campaign is successful.

A common site in the Far East, the tuk tuk is a rare vehicle on British roads and that was part of the reason Wendy Lansdown was attracted to the three-wheeled vehicle.

“It will be a community transport vehicle, that’s the idea. We are thinking this could include taking people shopping or to doctors appointments for people who can’t get about easily,” said the Neighbourhood Cares worker.

To match Nellie’s colour, bright pink pots have appeared in shops around the town and as part of fundraising campaign to buy the vehicle.

And if the goal is reached, the tuk tuk will be owned by Soham-based arts charity, Viva, and the Men’s Shed is now on the hunt for volunteers to drive people around town.

And some of the first passengers have urged people to donate money so it can become a reality.

Soham’s Jessie Price, 91, was one of the first passengers as part of the team’s trials of the three-seater vehicle.

“I think its a great idea. It’s completely different and was really exciting to be in,” she said.Her daughter Sue Hyland, who helps with Neighbourhood Cares’ drop-in mornings, joined her in the tuk tuk. “I think it’s good because it will help with transport for people to get to groups around town and it’s bright and noticeable.”

The campaign ends on March 24 and you can donate online by searching #Nellie4Soham.

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