Gittisham Hill Park residents were thrilled to welcome a new branded minibus to their fantastic range of facilities.
The minibus will be used to take residents to Honiton town centre and destinations further afield.
The new upgraded bus, which also has a wheelchair access facility, replaces the old vehicle which has now been donated to a local charity – The Devon Freewheelers Blood Bike Service. The Devon Freewheelers offer a free out-of-hours service to NHS establishments across Devon.
The team of volunteer riders, drivers, call handlers and fundraisers provide a dedicated 24/7 service; supporting the NHS in delivering blood, medication, patients notes, equipment and other essentials to hospitals and other NHS establishments throughout the region.
The donated bus will be used by the charity to take people to and from hospital or other medical appointments.
Commenting on the donation, Devon Freewheelers founder and Chief Executive Daniel Lavery said: “We are extremely grateful to Retirement Villages Group Ltd for the donation of the minibus to the charity.
“It will be used for the transportation of cardiac patients in need of treatment from across the county and will help the charity reach its objective of helping to relieve the pain, distress and suffering of human beings.
“The charity is also extremely grateful to Paul Stanaway for nominating the charity to receive the minibus.”
The Devon Freewheelers was nominated to receive the old minibus by Gittisham Hill Park’s maintenance employee Paul Stanaway. Paul is involved with the Feniton Sports and Social Club which fundraises for the charity. He also enjoys the role of driver of the new Gittisham bus!
The cost of running and maintaining the new bus is divided between the onsite care home and Gittisham Hill Park village through the residents’ service charge.
Village Manager Gaynor O’Dell said: “Residents are really enjoying travelling on the new bus; either into Honiton town for the regular supermarket run or further afield into Sidmouth or Exeter, or for weekly outings to the seaside or the moors. Residents from the care home also use the bus on a weekly basis for their outings.”
It’s great to see our residents excited about the upcoming trips that the new bus will lead them on.
For more information about Gittisham Hill Park and more of the fantastic facilities, which make for a truly relaxed lifestyle then just click here.