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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Llan Dial-A-Ride to get new vehicle

The Dial-A-Ride service operated by the Rotary Club of Llangollen is driving into a new era.

Using a team of unpaid drivers, the service transports clients who are less able and have difficulty using public transport to hospital appointments and other destinations such as shops or banks.

For the past seven years it has been using the same vehicle which is now in need of replacement.

And thanks to the generosity of The Association of Friends of Llangollen Cottage Hospital, a new run-around for the service is due to take to the road in November.

A spokesperson for the Rotary Club said: “Many of our clients travel only one or two miles to the shops, banks or for instance to the health centre.

“Without Dial-A-Ride they would not be able to carry out these functions which many of us treat as everyday matters.

“Since we started the scheme we have carried out a total of 5,251 journeys, 1,200 of these for clients in wheelchairs.

“We have travelled 30,000 miles to destinations such as Winsford, Abergele, Ruthin and all our local journeys.

“One of our most visited destinations is the Maelor Hospital in Wrexham.”

The spokesperson added: “Our vehicle was purchased with funds from Denbighshire County Council to whom we are eternally grateful.

“But vehicles have a limited life and ours needs to be replaced.

“The good news is that we are to be funded for a replacement vehicle by a new benefactor.

“The local group known as The Association of Friends of Llangollen Cottage Hospital have stepped up to the plate and offered to fund the purchase of the new vehicle.

“It will be around the town in early November and we look forward to it being used by our clients.

“The Rotary Club of Llangollen are very grateful to The Friends for their generosity and we will do all we can to carry on with this most worthy cause.

“A special word of thanks to Rotarian Arthur Hardy who, as chairman of The Friends, has put in the work to ensure the success of this worthy project.”

* If you are interested in becoming a volunteer driver or a new client, contact Llangollen Rotary on 07592 018533.

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