New Bus for Age UK

New minibus supports older people’s independence in Market Harborough thanks to local funders.

A new, wheelchair accessible minibus has been delivered to Age UK in Market Harborough to enable them to transport older people to day care and lunch clubs from the town and surrounding villages. The charity is delighted with the generous financial support given by Market Harborough & The Bowdens Charity (MHBC), Market Harborough District Council and Leicestershire County Council, without which the purchase could not have been made.

Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland currently operates day care for older adults with learning disabilities and a lunch club for older people to meet and socialise over a hot meal every week in the town. The new bus will allow these services to continue and expand, transporting those for whom public transport is either inaccessible or too infrequent to meet their needs.

The bus will also be available for use by local organisation Harborough Community Bus which will mean that Harborough residents fully benefit from this local community asset.

MHBC is a long established endowed charity which works to protect and enhance the lives of local residents and to assist community groups and organisations working in and around the town. The charity provided 50% of the cost of the new minibus to secure an additional and much needed resource for older people living in the local area.

Executive Director of Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland, Tony Donovan said “We are incredibly grateful for the support that we have received from Market Harborough & The Bowdens Charity and from the district and county councils. This transport will provide an essential service for many years to come that will help significantly towards our important work in tackling loneliness and isolation”.

The bus is already serving the transport needs of local people in the town.