Minibus means mobile shopping service for independent charity

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AGE Concern Eastbourne has relaunched its shopping transport service with a new minibus.

The independent local charity works exclusively with older people in and around Eastbourne and has been for 65 years. Every penny they raise is spent locally and the charity has its Venton Centre, close to the heart of town, where older residents can access a wide range of services.

Roger Hudson, transport administrator for Age Concern Eastbourne, said, “We are not a charity that rests on its laurels.

“In the past year we have increased the range of our services in order to meet the ever growing needs of local older residents.

“Much of this has been possible through the generosity of the people of Eastbourne who have responded brilliantly to our Give Local Help Local slogan.

“Through the generosity we have raised sufficient funds to successfully re-launch our shopping transport service with our brand new state-of-the-art minibus.”

The service has been completely revised to take into account the charity’s growing numbers of shopping clients and now includes pick-ups at Jevington, Polegate and Wannock and the old well established routes in the town centre, Old Town, Hampden Park, Willingdon, Langney and Stone Cross.”

Leisure trips will also be introduced for regular users of the centre and associated groups once the new shopping service has been fully tested and established.

With the introduction of the new bus, There is now an urgent need for passenger assistants to accompany the older people on the shopping trips and help with shopping bags and passenger care. A minimum availability of once a fortnight for three to four hours is required.

For more information contact Roger or transport volunteer Pearl Smith on 638474.