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Charity out of pocket after minibus damage

Lin Hodson with the MORE mini-bus which was damaged by a hit and run driver whilst parked in the Langney Shopping Centre traders car park.
December 18th 2013 E51010P

Lin Hodson with the MORE mini-bus which was damaged by a hit and run driver whilst parked in the Langney Shopping Centre traders car park. December 18th 2013 E51010P

An Eastbourne-based charity has been left counting the cost after one of its minibuses was damaged.

It is thought someone reversed into the Mercedes vehicle and then drove off, without leaving their details.

The vehicle belongs to the M.O.R.E (Middle of the Road) club Eastbourne and they’ve had to shell out £150 to fix the damaged grill.

The incident comes at a time when the group has had to get rid of its older bus because they do not have enough volunteer drivers. It’s not the first time the club has seen one of its vehicles damaged, it previously had an exhaust ripped off one of them.

Lin Hodson, chairperson, said, “When it was taken to the garage and they pulled the bumper down there was damage to the grill, so it must have been hit with some power.

“It makes me angry, it clearly stated on the bus that it is used for disabled and able-bodied people.

“We find it frustrating we have to pay the money out, it feels like when we have raised some money we then have to pay it out again.”

The minibus, which is parked in Langney, has now been fixed and was covered partly by insurance but the club still had to fork out £150 excess.

Mrs Hodson added, “We’ve had five years’ no claims bonus, we’ve now had to claim on the insurance and pay the excess.

“Why couldn’t the person responsible have left a note to say sorry?”

Despite the latest bad news for the club the Langney resident is determined to keep the club going and is urging any volunteers to get in touch.

The club was founded in 1979 for the ‘middle aged’ adults of Eastbourne with mobility problems, hence the name Middle of the Road Eastbourne. Today it is a social club for able and disabled people.

If you would like to volunteer or join the group call Mrs Hodson on 769111 or to find out more visit: www.themoreclub.co.uk

 

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