New £10k mini bus for High Peak charity

From left Juliet Short, VCSPD Operations and Development Manager (Ashbourne) Sir Patrick McLoughlin, Sarah Griffiths Severn Trent, Howard Gunn VCSPD Head of Transport, Lynn Limb, VCSPD Car Scheme Co-ordinator (Ashbourne)
From left Juliet Short, VCSPD Operations and Development Manager (Ashbourne) Sir Patrick McLoughlin, Sarah Griffiths Severn Trent, Howard Gunn VCSPD Head of Transport, Lynn Limb, VCSPD Car Scheme Co-ordinator (Ashbourne)

A High Peak-based charity has been gifted a generous donation of £10,000 towards the cost of a new minibus.

Voluntary and Community Services Peaks and Dales (VCSPD) has received the money from water supplier Severn Trent.

Head of Transport Services, Howard Gunn, said: “Our small wheelchair-accessible vehicle is almost ten years old and repair costs are escalating, so we knew the time had come to replace it.

“This donation couldn’t have arrived at a better moment – it means we are much closer to getting enough money to replace the vehicle sooner.”

MP for the Derbyshire Dales, Sir Patrick McLoughlin, said: “Community and accessible transport has always been an important issue for me, as it is of so much benefit to constituents in rural areas, where isolation is a real problem.

“VCSPD is able to target the help they can offer very effectively, and so when Severn Trent asked me for suggestions for a donation for a community fund in the area I felt VCSPD would be able to help the most people with it.”

The charity, which works across the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales, operates a volunteer transport service to help older and disabled people get out and about.

People can be taken to medical appointments, either in volunteer drivers’ own cars, or in one of the charity’s wheelchair-accessible vehicles.

It is one of these vehicles which is in urgent need of replacement.