Neighbours in Poplar have used tail lift minibuses for over 30 years. These are essential in enabling frail or vulnerable people access to a variety of services. We have been blessed with great drivers (mostly volunteers) and jolly escorts. Currently we pick up clients almost everyday of the week & bring them to one of the Hubs, where they enjoy a healthy, hot meal, good company and a variety of activities. On two Sundays every month, we invite our guests to dinner & an afternoon of music and dance or Bingo. The minibus offers an escape from isolation & loneliness and is a lifeline for many. We receive no government funding towards the acquisition or maintenance of our vehicles. As you can imagine the maintenance of the buses (we have two at the moment) is costly, and we will shortly be fundraising for a new vehicle. We have to ensure that each minibus & tail lift is road worthy and in good condition.The cost of a new tail lift vehicle is approx £45,000... we will need help!!!
In any one week we provide transport for between 50 - 60 passengers. Because we have our own vehicles & fantastic drivers, ten older folk who live alone, will be able to spend this Christmas in a cosy little house in Broadstairs, waited on hand and foot & out & about with good company & leaving them with never to be forgotten memories!