The Foyle Hospice bus has been decommissioned
The minibus used by the charity has recently been decommissioned - it was anticipated that this minibus would be operational for another two years, but repair costs would cost more than a replacement.
But by voting in the Aviva Community Fund the money could be secured for a new bus.
Foyle Hospice CEO Donall Henderson said, “The minibus is an extremely important vehicle used for the transport of patients from the local community, and particularly rural areas, who would otherwise be unable to avail of the services provided at Foyle Hospice”.
The minibus service offers accessibility for wheelchair users who may have no alternative mode of transport and those who are vulnerable and/or at risk of social isolation. Foyle Hospice caters for a large number of adult patients with a wide range of life limiting illnesses such as Cancer, COPD, Motor Neurone Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, PSP, Parkinson’s etc. and as their illness progresses they may become more dependent on this community bus service, requiring specially adapted transport for respite care or to attend hospital appointments.
A new minibus would allow Foyle Hospice to consider offering day trips for patients, their families and/or carers as well as development of an outreach service. to those who live in more isolated areas whereby access to their own or public transport is difficult, or in some cases impossible.
Donall added, “With the opening of a new radiotherapy unit in the next two years, we would also anticipate the need to transport some patients between Foyle Hospice and the hospital for respite and radiotherapy treatment respectively. We have no doubt that the decommissioning of the mini bus will have a severe impact not only on our patients, but also on their carers and family members, especially those who have no other mode of transport to allow them to travel to Day Hospice, which takes place three days per week”.
On average, Foyle Hospice delivers services to approximately 220 patients at any one time, many of whom require transport to and from the hospice for the day hospice activities in particular.
In partnership with the Aviva Community Fund, Foyle Hospice could ensure that the provision of the bus transport facility continues for their patients, families and carers to benefit from essential services on a daily basis.
How to vote: Log on to https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/2203