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AWE has made a significant cash boost to two local life-changing organisations.
As part of AWE’s commitment to support local and national charities, the company this week (May 28) donated £1000 to Basingstoke Dial A Ride and £200 to Basingstoke Shopmobility.
The two charities support members of the public with mobility impairments, enabling isolated people to get out and about.
Basingstoke Dial A Ride provides a bus service for residents with mobility issues within Basingstoke and Deane and parts of East Hampshire and Basingstoke Shopmobility provides a wide-range of mobility scooters and wheelchairs for all abilities.
Stan Emery, manager of Dial A Ride said donations are crucial for the local service.
He said: “This money from AWE means a great deal to us. We have to replace two vehicles at a cost of £95,000 so this donation of £1000 from AWE will go straight to that fund. The proof of how needed our service is, is evident in the statistics alone. We started in January 1985 and on April 1, 2014 we collected our 700,000 passenger, 138,000 wheel chairs and scooters and we had travelled 2.9 million miles.”
For local residents like Eileen Monger the Dial A Ride is a vital service.
Eileen said: “The bus gives me total independence for a day. I’m able to come and go as I please. It’s really lovely to have that freedom. I’m able to meet friends for coffee and lunch. I don’t know what I would do without Dial A Ride really, because I can’t fully explain the difference it makes to my life.”
Anne Blackmore manager of Basingstoke Shopmobility thanked AWE for its donation. She said: “It is tremendous to have this continued great support from such a large company because our running costs are increasing each year but our grants are decreasing each year.”
Angela Waistell who uses both Basingstoke services, Dial A Ride and Shopmobilty said: “If I didn’t have the bus I would be in the house 24/7. It makes a massive difference to my life. When I come to the shops at Basingstoke on the Dial A Ride bus I then use a Shopmobility scooter to get around the shops. It means I’ve got independence.”
Basingstoke Dial-a-ride covers 300 square miles for people who are mobility impaired - to register for the service please call 01256 462101. For more information on Basingstoke Shopmobility go to www.shopmobilitybasingstoke.org.ENDS
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