ExeAccess, Exeter’s mobility charity based in Paris Street, will re-launch their Ring and Ride service with a new bus on Friday 25th January at 12 noon in Bedford Square.
Ben Bradshaw MP will cut the ribbon on the new 14 seat purpose built, which has been converted to a high specification in Tiverton by Courtside Conversions. It has low-step access at the front, a state-of-the-art hydraulic wheelchair lift at the rear and comfortable seating, lighting and air conditioning throughout.
The bus costs £52,600. This was raised by appeals made to charitable foundations and trusts, events held by businesses, local clubs and associations, individual donations and support from all of Exeter’s Devon County Councillors and their colleagues from surrounding communities which the new bus will serve. It will run 5 days a week with some weekend trips by arrangement.
Ring and Ride use is one of the services offered by the charity based in Paris Street. ExeAccess is well known for its Shopmobility service, with a fleet of powered scooters, including specialist models, for hire to users mainly in the city centre. ExeAccess is staffed by small team of paid staff and many regular volunteers.
Centre manager Mike Ellis said:
‘I am really pleased that the team’s efforts, particularly in fundraising. The new bus will mean that people with mobility problems in and around Exeter will have a brand new modern bus to bring them into the city centre to use shops and cafes, to visit supermarkets and lunch clubs around the city and on day trips to visit local attractions in Devon.’
For further information please contact Mike Ellis. ExeAccess centre manager on 01392 494001 or email email@example.com