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New buses to help ensure Prestonians don’t stay home alone

Posted on - 23rd July, 2016 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, News, Transport
The new buses funded by the Department of Transport Pic: Steven Kitching

The new buses funded by the Department of Transport Pic: Steven Kitching

Prestonians living on their own or out in rural areas are to soon be whizzing into the city in two new minibuses.

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Two Orion vehicles have been bought by Preston Community Transport and ensure isolated people don’t become lonely.

For those who are disabled, living on their own in older age or may have lost a partner it’s a lifeline of a service.

Joe Hannett, who is one of the volunteers at the group, said: “We are your community owned and operated transport charity for Preston and South Ribble, providing safe, considerate and accessible transport for eligible people and non-profit groups.

“We combat loneliness and isolation in urban and rural areas of central Lancashire, helping to keep people active, engaged in their communities and contribute positively to their health and well-being.”

Tommy Cocker was a founding member of Dial-a-Ride Pic: Steven Kitching

Tommy Cocker was a founding member of Dial-a-Ride Pic: Steven Kitching

A small reception was held on Friday 15 July to dedicate one of the buses in memory of founding volunteer Tommy Cocker.

Here’s what some of those who use Preston Community Transport said:

“It’s a fantastic service, I honestly don’t know what I’d do without it.”

“The drivers are friendly and helpful and I’ve met people on the bus who I now count as friends.”

“Since my wife died five years ago, this has been what’s kept me involved, it’s a genuine lifeline.”

All aboard! Steven Kitching

All aboard! Steven Kitching

If you know someone who may need to use the service you can call 01772204667 and the group is also looking for new volunteer drivers.

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