A CHARITY transport service which provides a lifeline for many of Bromsgrove’s elderly is set to deliver a new minibus in the new year, thanks to the Standard.
Bromsgrove Minibus Appeal has raised more than £24,000 towards a new bus which is set to cost around £30,000.
The charity will use its reserves to pay for the remaining amount.
Its current vehicle is 15 years old, has completed more than 110,000 miles and is in desperate need of replacing.
Volunteer driver and trustee Robert Trigger said: “After launching our appeal in the Standard we received quite a few donations from kind people.
“We also raised £350 by shaking our buckets at Bromsgrove Morrisons and almost £200 at Waitrose after the supermarket sponsored us for a month.
“Because we’ve used some of our reserves we are still accepting donations but more important to us right now is getting more volunteer drivers on board.”
The charity is anticipating a greater uptake of clients once the new ‘Eddie Bus’, named after trustee Eddie Mowbray, hits the road.
There are currently only three regular drivers who work Monday to Friday.
If you are interested in volunteering to drive or would like to donate call Robert on 01527 876074.