Broken-down vehicle prompts charity appeal

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A CHARITY that provides community transport for pensioners has appealed for financial help after being struck with its second setback in as many months.

Transport 17, which takes elderly passengers to lunch clubs and outings, was forced to pay £3,500 on repairs after one of its specially adapted minibuses broke down.

It came two months after thieves drained the fuel tanks of the charity’s three Volkswagen Crafter buses as they were parked overnight in Totley.

The latest setback happened when one bus’s turbocharger disintegrated on the way to a lunch club, leaving passengers stuck in Bents Green.

The vehicle was out of action for three weeks for repairs, forcing Transport 17 to cancel some journeys.

The cost of repairs also ate up more than a third of the charity’s £10,000 kitty saved up to replace one of its buses.

Now it needs to raise £50,000 for the new vehicle.

John Savournin, the charity’s administrator, hopes people will contribute.

“Without this service many of our passengers would miss out on the only hot meal they get,” he said.

“It is also a chance for them to socialise as many of them are housebound.”

“We are appealing to anyone who is feeling generous and sympathetic to help us out.”

Transport 17 depends on donations and fundraising to repair and replace vehicles.