Glenshane Care in need of ‘lifeline minibus’

Glenshare Care Centre Cycling Sportive is to raise funds for a new minibus.
Glenshare Care Centre Cycling Sportive is to raise funds for a new minibus.

A small voluntary, community charitable group in Dungiven is fundraising to buy a new minibus to provide a “lifeline service”.

Glenshane Care Centre opened in 1997. It provides day care three days a week for adults, aged 30 to 80, who have moderate to profound learning and physical disabilities.

Currently, the Centre provides care for 21 adults from around the Dungiven area, giving much needed respite for carers.

However, the Centre suffered a setback in December 2014 when its 15-years-old minibus finally packed in, and made its last journey.

Manager, Amanda Kelly, said families of clients have been fantastic going the extra mile to ensure their loved ones continue to attend the Centre.

“In rural areas the public transport network just isn’t there,” said Ms Kelly.

The Centre is fundraising to buy a new bus, which would cost approximately £40,000. A decent, second hand bus, said Ms Kelly, would cost between £25-30,000.

So far, the Centre has raised £10,000. It is holding a Cycling Sportive of 20 miles and 50 miles on April 19th to raise funds to provide what Ms Kelly said is “an essential service”.

Without transport, Ms Kelly said clients cannot access their community.

“It is a vital, lifeline service,” said Ms Kelly, who praised the Dungiven community for their support. She is hoping people will get on their bikes and pedal for a good cause for local people.

“With a minibus we can provide a much better quality service, than without a minibus,” said Ms Kelly.

The Cycling Sportive takes place on Sunday, April 19th, from Glenshane Care Centre on Legavallon Road, Dungiven. Registration for participants is from 8.30am. For more about the Cycling Sportive call Glenshane Care Centre on 777 42948.