Published: 15/04/2018 19:00 - Updated: 13/04/2018 14:18

Minibus boost for Seaboard charity

Written byHector MacKenzie

A CHARITY with a base in Dingwall has set the wheels in motion for a project being run by another charitable organisation in the county thanks to the donation of its old minibus.

Shopmobility Highland was the recipient of a new minibus courtesy of last year’s 50-mile duathlon Highland Cross event.

The charity, which provides electric scooters, powered and manual wheelchairs and escorts to help with access to shops, had previously been donated a minibus from the popular and always fully subscribed Highland challenge back in 2008.

The old minibus was used for rural routes for Shopmobility Highland members to take them from areas like Easter Ross, the Black Isle and Dingwall to Inverness for return shopping trips. Shopmobility decided when it applied to Highland Cross for a new minibus, it would gift the old one to a charity that had a need for it.

After advertising widely within the voluntary sector, the Seaboard Memorial Hall in Balintore, which intends starting a community transport service catering for persons with mobility problems, was the most worthy candidate.

The minibus was handed over by Shopmobility manager Roddy MacLennan to Maureen Ross, who chairs Seaboard Memorial Hall.

Ms Ross said: "We are grateful to the board at Shopmobility for awarding us this minibus.

"Seabord Community Transport is of particular value to many, for a variety of reasons, especially those who have mobility needs and we hope the bus will benefit people not only in the Seaboard but the wider community helping them engage in activities which they would otherwise miss out on or make appointments much easier.

"A big thanks to Norman MacLeod and his team at Shopmobility for all their help and advice."

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