Trust volunteers try to raise £45k to replace old minibus used for social outreach work

NHS volunteers are trying to raise £45,000 so they can replace a 17-year-old minibus used to take more than 300 people a year to social groups and appointments. 

Humber NHS Foundation Trust’s Voluntary Services team and the Trust’s charity, Health Stars, are collecting the money because the service does not qualify for NHS funding.

Manager Sam Grey said: “Our big problem is that our existing bus is 17 years’ old and becoming increasingly unreliable.

“We want to replace it so we can provide a reliable service to the people who rely on us, many of whom are at risk of becoming isolated, lonely and vulnerable.

“We’re also determined to improve the service so it can help more people.”

Her team wants to lease a minibus fitted with a tail lift so they can make their service more accessible for people with mobility problems.

The volunteers have already started looking for donations and have already secured generous support from Hull air conditioning specialists Airco and Mitsubishi Electric.

Both companies are supporting the fundraising drive by hosting a race night, 21 September 2017, at Airco’s premises in Goulton Street.

Many companies in the area have donated raffle prizes to the event, which is sold out.

If you would like to support the fundraising drive, please contact the Voluntary Services Team by calling 01482 477862 or by emailing hnf-tr.voluntaryservices@nhs.net