The manager of a Dungiven day care centre for people with disabilities has made an impassioned plea for help in raising money for a new mini bus.
Glenshane Care Centre manager, Amanda Kelly, said the group’s 10-year-old mini bus finally packed in at Christmas and they need £25,000 to buy a second hand bus which would need to be adapted to transport members.
“It’s for a mini bus for a group a people with learning disabilities and physical disabilities, and it’s really important they can get to and from their day centre,” said Pamela.
“They need, like everyone else, to have the ability to go out into the community and socialise with their friends and to be included. Their family members and carers need the service because they need the respite.”
To date £10,000 has been raised.
Pamela said a fundraising cycle this weekend, on Sunday, April 19th, is the big push to raise the money.
I would really appreciate it if you are a cyclist and can support usCentre manager, Amanda Kelly
Starting at 8.30am from Glenshane care on legavallon Road in Dungiven, participants, who muct be over 18, can choose from a 20 mile or 50 mile challenge around Limavady and Dungiven.
“It’s really important we get this minibus,” said Ms Kelly.
“Ideally we would love a new mini bus but that would cost around £40,000 and it’s just not feasible,” said Ms kelly. “A second hand bus is our best option, but we don’t want to get something that is old and breaks down again.”
Ms Kelly said centre is a part of the community and she wants to develop that further.
“It’s a wonderful centre and a fantastic group of people. We have a fantastic group of fundraisers and I would really appreciate it if you are a cyclist and can support us; if you are someone who cares about people who have disabilities and can give us your support and help us get this mini bus.
“It would be a lifeline for all of the people who come to centre, their family members and carers,” said Pamela.
For more on the Cycle Sportive call 028 7774 2948.