Trident Reach the People Charity has just taken receipt of a reconditioned wheelchair accessible Renault Master minibus.
The 13 seat minibus was delivered to Bernadette Keogh, Head of Shropshire Services, at the Charities Regional Office, Abbey Lawns Shrewsbury on 21st June by David Hardacre, Sales and Marketing Executive.
“This is the first vehicle Reach in Shropshire has purchased so we needed to keep the costs tight,” explains David Hardacre, “the reconditioning of the minibus was turned around in just two weeks.”
We had the minibus in stock from a previous part exchange. The used Renault Master was sign written with the charity’s branding and given a full valet, before delivery.
All seats are detachable to accommodate wheelchair passengers, accessible via an automatic wheelchair ramp at the rear. Reach will mainly use the minibus for two wheelchairs.
Trident Reach the people charity originates from a large housing group, Trident Housing Association, and officially received charity status almost three years ago lead by their Director Anthony McCool.
The mini bus will be used to generate information of services available in the region, and improve awareness and offer support to local males within Shropshire and the rural community. Research suggests a high suicide rate amongst young males and farmers in the region.
Regional Manager, Bernadette Keogh, volunteers her time spare time, and has worked tirelessly over the past year to generate awareness of the issues surrounding these shocking statistics and to offer support to vulnerable individuals. She has raised the money for the minibus purchase through charitable events, donations from the ‘three peaks challenge’ and local support from organisations. Shrewsbury Football Club have offered their support, and it is hoped now the mini bus has been purchased, it can be positioned at the ground at home games.
Bernadette explains: “This is our first minibus and a fantastic addition to our service; it will be an integral part of the charity in getting the message out to the community both urban and rural and build momentum.
“We want to become a trusted brand for people, to improve access to receiving help and to hopefully gain funding and grants to enable us to have a dedicated worker; at the moment this much needed work is being done voluntary”
Initially, Bernadette will be driving the ‘info bus’ herself but is looking for volunteer drivers to help and improve community access.
‘Reach-out’ has a text help line and will soon be launching an awareness poster campaign within nightclubs and train/bus stations, schools and colleges. Again this work is being done voluntary with no funding……
Bernadette concludes: “David has been fantastic from day one. David has been very patient and is one of the nicest people I have ever met.”