Bus loan saves day

Elderly folk enjoy a day out thanks to a care home which leant a minibus after theirs was targeted by arsonists.
Elderly folk enjoy a day out thanks to a care home which leant a minibus after theirs was targeted by arsonists.
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Elderly people who feared they would miss out after arsonists set a community minibus on fire have been helped by a care home.

Members of Gleadless Valley Community Forum were devastated when the £20,000 bus –donated by Secret Millionaire Dr Chai Patel to take isolated old folk to groups and on trips – was destroyed last month.

Bu the Ascot Lodge Care Home in Gleadless, which is part of Dr Patel’s HC-One business, stepped in to lend the group their bus so a scheduled trip to Leeds could go ahead.

Seven OAPs enjoyed a tour around the ruined Cistercian Abbey and had lunch in a nearby pub.

Steve Rundell, from the forum, said: “Going on trips like this one are a crucial part of our work.

“They help to give older people, who might otherwise be isolated at home, things to look forward to, with days of socialising and fun.

“Without HC-One’s generosity we could not have run a trip like this.

“On behalf of everyone at Gleadless Valley Community Forum, I’d like to say a huge thank you to them and their chairman, Dr Patel, who has supported us for so long.”

The forum is trying to raise thousands of pounds for modifications to a new minibus, which will hopefully be paid for through insurance, with various events.

Dr Patel, who donated the minibus when he visited Sheffield as part of the Secret Millionaire TV show in 2011, said: “It is great to see the teams in our Sheffield care homes going beyond the call of duty to help those in their local area. To see our minibus being used for such a good cause is brilliant, and I’m sure the connection between the forum and HC-One will continue.”