Welsh Charity Celebrates New Minibus

February 18, 2019

Dinas Powys Voluntary Concern, a charitable organisation based in Wales, saw many members of the community turn out for a memorable day to celebrate the arrival of a new minibus.

Community Fundraising

The new specially adapted minibus was the result of years of hard work fundraising within the community.  The money was raised in the local area with further funding provided by the community council.  The Chairman of Dinas Powys Community Council, Steve Thomas, attended the official launch, to cut the celebratory ribbon at the special event.  Trustee for DPVC, Chris Franks, said: “We can use the new minibus to help drive people to the supermarket, shopping and to the church every Sunday.”

Residents are over the moon as the new minibus will allow for better transport access for those with mobility issues.  Many attended the official launch at Murchfield Community Centre held on the 2nd of February.

Memorable Turnout

Despite cold weather, a huge crowd gathered and included Dinas Powys Voluntary Concern volunteers and trustees, supporters and clients. Assembly member for Cardiff North, Julie Morgan, praised the efforts from all involved and recognises the need for this vital transport service to improve and help combat social isolation. Chairman for DPVC, John Fanshaw also agreed with this need, and commented:  “This is a truly memorable day in the long history of Dina Powys Voluntary Concern.

“Throughout its long and distinguished existence, community transport to local supermarkets and events has been at the heart of DPVC and the distinctive minibus/ambulance is regarded with affection by so many residents.

Successful Campaign

Mr Fanshaw commented on the overall outcome and added:  “A campaign to replace the minibus, estimated cost over £55,000 was successfully launched.

“The choice of vehicles and its seating configuration reflects the observations of drivers, escorts and users. Drivers and users were delighted with the final product!”