A community transport charity, which has delivered food parcels to more than 400 residents during the coronavirus pandemic, has secured funding to get back on the road thanks to our MORE! initiative.

Wyvern Community Transport, who provide vital transport services to vulnerable residents in Rochford, Essex received much-needed fleet cost support from Beech Grove Homes and Sanctuary Housing, including a contribution towards the cost of adapting minibuses so they can run safely once lockdown restrictions are lifted.

Beech Grove Homes, part of Sanctuary Group, is working with construction partner Hill to build 72 homes at Bullwood Gardens in nearby Hockley and together provided the charity with £5,000 funding through its MORE! initiative. Meanwhile, Sanctuary Housing’s ‘Maureen’s Gift Fund’, which provides grants to run community projects, topped up the donation with an extra £1,000 to support the charity’s vital work. 

Wyvern Community Transport charity van

The MORE! programme sees Beech Grove Homes’ development partners work alongside them to add further value to areas where homes are being constructed, by donating skills, resources, and equipment to help important local community projects. 

Inside the minibuses, most passenger seats have been removed and screens have been installed around the driver and remaining seats so people can sit at a safe distance from each other. PPE stations with hand sanitiser, facemasks and disposable gloves have also been added. 

Tracy Chapman, Transport Manager from Wyvern Community Transport, added: “The minibus adaptations mean that we will be able to offer ‘Dial a Ride’ journeys again, which will be compliant with the new mitigation measures required going forward. I would also like to say a big thank you to the 12 volunteers who have helped us to deliver food parcels to residents during these difficult times.”

Chairman of Wyvern Community Transport and Rochford Committee Councillor June Lumley, said: “This grant has made a huge difference, enabling Wyvern to be prepared for transporting our vulnerable and isolated residents in Rochford as soon as their community activities, clubs and shops are open to them again."

"We are so pleased to support Wyvern overcome the barriers they have faced, and we look forward to seeing people travelling on the minibuses once more."

Chris Silvey, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager

For more information about Beech Grove Homes’ development in Hockley, visit Bullwood Gardens and discover extra details about our MORE! initiative on theSanctuary Homes website.

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