Sir Hugo puts bus for the elderly on the road
PUBLISHED: 06:30 20 November 2016
East Devon’s MP, Sir Hugo Swire, was on hand to open Estuary League of Friends’ £38,000 bus; providing the vulnerable in Topsham with a better quality of life.
He visited the town’s library to officially cut the ribbon of the charity’s wheelchair-accessible vehicle, which was funded by the Department for Transport.
The charity’s events and activities co-ordinator, Louise Russell, said: “The new bus will aid the service users of Topsham greatly.
“As they become frailer with age, Estuary League of Friends can still transport them to events, hospital and outings.
“We thank the Department for Transport and Hugo Swire for their help and commitment on aiding the purchase of the bus and seeing the project to its end.”
Sir Hugo said: “I congratulate the Estuary League of Friends on securing this minibus and I am pleased that I was able to play a small part in helping them to progress their application to the Department for Transport.
“This minibus is a great community asset and it is already providing a brilliant service for many local people, especially elderly residents who find it more difficult to get around.”
Clyst St Mary Primary School children attended the opening to sing to the elderly at Topsham library.