Supporters and volunteers celebrate launch of Haddenham Community Vehicle Service

Haddenham Community Vehicle Service launched. Picture; Haddenham.net

Haddenham Community Vehicle Service launched. Picture; Haddenham.net

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More than 50 supporters and volunteers gathered at Haddenham Medical Centre to welcome the launch of the new Haddenham Community Vehicle service.

It will enable passengers in wheelchairs to be transported to social and medical appointments in the communities served by the medical centre.

The project is the brainchild of retired Haddenham GP, Dr Hugh Stradling, who set up and led an enthusiastic committee, working for over a year to raise funds, acquire the vehicle and introduce the service.

He thanked the committee and representatives from organisations who had provided funding. Local sources included the Haddenham Beer Festivals Trust, Haddenham Village Fete, the well-established FISH “good neighbours” scheme and a generous grant from Heart of Bucks through Prevention Matters scheme (Bucks County Council).

Twenty volunteers have already signed up to be trained to operate and drive the specially modified VW Caddy and more are always welcome. Contact for this or to use the service should initially be with the co-ordinator, Sue Brigham, on 07495 366779.

Patron for the scheme, Margaret Aston, chair of Haddenham Parish Council welcomed the new scheme and thanked representatives of Bucks County Council whose Heart of Bucks programme has given generous support through Prevention Matters.

The committee - Peter Quilleash, David Hammond, Neil Dury, Keith Linger, Jean Watson, Sarah Warren and Jacky Keates - attended. Others present included Kyle Banks (Prevention Matters, BCC), Catherine Miller (Heart of Bucks) Chris Young (Haddenham Beer Festivals Trust), Jeanne Watt and Alison Green (FISH scheme) and Dr Kaiser Munir (Medical Centre).