8 seat wheelchair accessible mini bus

We started fundraising for our new 8 seat wheelchair accessible mini bus in September 2019, we have been successful and managed to raise £33,605 and are pleased to announce that we have now been able to purchase the new bus.

Who knew when we started the fundraising that we would be having to adapt our services to help get food and shopping to people during the COVID 19 lockdown. We hope you have seen our new bus making its way around Ivybridge, Cornwood and Sparkwell delivering hot food and click and collect food deliveries from Tescos and Countrymans choice. We also received a grant from the Princes Countryside Trust and Devon County Council who are helping to provide this service.

Our funding has come from various charitable trusts and we would like to thank them for their help with this much needed project; Garfield Weston Foundation, Sir John and Lady Heathcoat Amory Trust, Elise Pilkington Trust, David Gibbons Trust, Pebbles (Rank Organisation), Norman Family Charitable Trust & The Greenhall Foundation 

There has also been a lot of local support with funds being raised by Ivybridge Short Mat Bowls club who raised £800 and the quiz night held at the Sportsmans which raised £404. Collectively the District and County Councilor’s gave £5850.

We would like to say a BIG thank you to everyone for helping to raise these funds and making it possible to purchase the new vehicle. Hopefully we will be able to welcome you aboard soon, when we get back to a ‘new normal’.

Thank You to Ivybridge Co-op and its Customers

We would like to say a massive thank you to Ivybridge Co-op and their customers and staff who have, through their Community Fund raised a massive £4264.58. This will fund organising and advertising our Friday excursions. Our County Council funding only covers essential journeys but not the Friday social trips which allow our passengers to get out, visit places and make friends.

These excursions are time consuming and expensive to organise but greatly valued by our passengers. There was a danger we would have to stop providing them to reduce our costs. With this valuable funding from the Co-op we now able to cover our administrative costs and publicise the trips making them available to a greater number of passengers for the next couple of years. Already we have doubled the number of passengers on our Friday trips and we look forward to even greater success with this backing from the Co-op.

Photograph Alan Hutson our Treasurer receiving cheque for £4264.58 from Chris Barnes Manager of the Ivybridge Co-op