New 12 seater Minibus goes straight into action with The Chilterns Dial-a-Ride – with a trip to the Manor Born and The Isle of Wight!
The Chilterns Dial-a- Ride has taken delivery of it’s new larger minibus which was fully commissioned late in April, having been funded with invaluable help from donors. The minibus has been added to the CDAR minibus fleet in response to demand for larger group trips of up to 12 passengers and can accommodate up to 4 wheelchairs.
CDAR provides a door-to-door transport service for those who have difficulty in getting out and about, Based in Latimer Park near Chesham, it operates throughout Chiltern and Wycombe Districts as well as nearer parts of South Bucks.
Whilst most of the trips that CDAR do are relatively local, the new minibus has already been in action with two weekend trips for a group of regulars, led by volunteer driver Paul Binsted.
The first was to Cricket St Thomas, down in Somerset, where the group of 9 ladies (see picture) visited the Manor where “To the Manor Born” was filmed. Said Dorothy Turner “I thorougly enjoyed it – we had a great weekend and I can’t thank Paul enough. He goes the extra mile to make sure we all have a good time.”
The other trip, again led by Paul, was to the Isle of Wight, at a venue overlooking the Solent and a wonderful beach. Those who came along were from a variety of places, including Amersham, Chalfont St Giles and Hazlemere.
CDAR’s service enables social visits, hospital and healthcare appointments, visits to day centres, and group outings – day trips to garden centres, and places like St Albans and Waddersdon Manor, as well as some weekend trips.
CDAR is encouraging new members to join – call 01494 766123. “Being able to go out and see other people, with CDAR, makes such a difference to my quality of life”, say so many of those using the service.
CDAR Operations Manager Jo Francis-Gow is after more volunteers to help with the driving “Volunteers, who simply need a driving licence, please find a little time and step forward to join our cheerful and caring team.”
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