May 3, 2019
A community transport service has secured its services thanks to a generous £20,000 cash boost.
Tendring Community Transport provides elderly residents in the local community with a door-to-door service to and from their hospital appointments.
Boost in Funding
The valuable service operates across the Clacton area with its wheelchair accessible bus and accommodates to those who find it difficult to find their own transport methods.
The hospital ‘hopper’ bus can continue its lifeline service from funding provided by the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Programme Director for CCG, Chris Howlett, said: “Funding for services is vital if we’re able to help the residents of north east Essex attend hospital appointments.
“Access to affordable and reliable transport services is particularly important for people who live in rural communities and for those who are less mobile or with a disability.
“Consequently, the CCG will continue to work with local authorities, Essex County Council and the voluntary sector to find ways of improving transport services for our patients and their families.”
Chief executive of Trending Community Transport, Pauline Mann, was overwhelmed with the support in funding for the service.
Ms Mann said: “The funding is great news. It means the hopper service, which is heavily relied upon by Tendring residents, can continue for another year.
“I’m grateful for the support we received in securing this funding from Tendring Council, Community Voluntary Services Tendring and the North East Essex Health Forum.”
The community hopper bus runs frequently, collecting passengers from the Clacton area, St Osyth, Great Bentley and Colchester and drops them off at their home.
The convenient service operates from Monday to Sunday and is free for concessionary buss pass holders after 9am.
For more information on Tendring Community Transport visit: dial-a-ride.org/Colchester-hospital-hopper