Network needs cash for new minibus

A Newmarket-based community transport group has launched an appeal to raise £35,000 needed for a new mini-bus.

The Voluntary Network needs the new vehicle to boost its dial-a-ride service in the Newmarket area, which provides a lifeline for hundreds of residents in Newmarket and the surrounding parishes and is facing increasing passenger demands.

A number of fundraising activities are being planned by the group and other sources of funding are being investigated, however the group is calling on the community to support the appeal. The groups aim to have the new vehicle operational by the summer.

Voluntary Network manager, Caroline Robinson, said: ““Our dial-a-scheme really does provide a lifeline for some of the most vulnerable members of the community, including the elderly, those with impaired mobility and adults with learning disabilities. The service allows people to take part in community activities and to carry out routine tasks many of us take for granted such as going shopping, paying bills, attending medical appointments and visiting loved ones. These people do not have access to other forms of transport so they would be isolated and in some cases lonely without the dial-a-ride.

“We are calling on organisations, businesses and individuals in the Newmarket area to support our appeal by making a donation or holding their own fundraising event. We have seen a big demand for the service in the area and we desperately need this new vehicle to replace an ageing one.”

Anyone interested in supporting the appeal should ring 01638 608022 for more information.