Swanscombe & Greenhithe Age Concern gifted new bus
PUBLISHED: 13:37 19 May 2011
»Vulnerable elderly residents were given a lifeline when a charity was gifted a specially designed minibus.
Staff at Swanscombe and Greenhithe Age Concern celebrated buying the replacement vehicle on Tuesday, bought with the help of £40,000 from pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKlein.
The charity’s chief executive, Sue Wood, explained the importance of a bus, a seven-seater modified to allow disabled access, to the charity.
“We have around 60 elderly residents on our books. We need our minibus because many can’t walk very far and we have no public transport links so they simply cannot get here without us. It is an invaluable service,” she said.
She explained the charity had two buses but one was now almost 15 years old and costing a huge amount in upkeep.
“At the last MOT we spent £1,000 just to get it road worthy. That’s money we can’t just throw around,” she said.