£27,000 gift of transport to charity

Delighted with their contribution: Asda staff members with Dial-a-Community bus driver Ed McGarthland and co-ordintor Rachel Milne.
Delighted with their contribution: Asda staff members with Dial-a-Community bus driver Ed McGarthland and co-ordintor Rachel Milne.

A Buchan charity will be driving off with a brand new minibus thanks to the generosity of a local supermarket.

Buchan Dial-a-Community Bus was awarded a whopping £27,573 from the Asda Foundation for the purchase of a new vehicle.

The application to the Asda Foundation by the charity was supported by store colleagues at the supermarket’s Longside shop in Peterhead.

The donation will see the enterprise purchase a brand new bus which will be available to all areas of Buchan and the surrounding community.

It will join the rest of the charity’s fleet offering affrordable and accessible transport services; providing safe, reliable transport for elderly residents in sheltered housing so they can get out and about in the local community.

In addition the bus will act as a back-up vehicle for the group’s shopping service, which enables groups of elderly, disable and excluded people from rural areas to get to Asda and other supermarkets with ease.

The bus will also be added to the groups T4U on-demand responsive service which transports clients to health centre, job interviews, schools and other important emergency and routine appointments.

Commenting on the donation, Grant Mchardy, story manager at Asda Peterhead, said: “We are very proud to have helped Dial-a-Community Bus secure this grant from the Foundation and to continue working together to better our communities across Aberdeenshire.

“The work that they do for older people in the community is of huge benefit and an inspiration to our Asda colleagues.”

A delighted Rachel Milne of Buchan Dial-a-Community Bus, said: “A new bus will mean we can provide our clients even more access to services and opportunities otherwise denied them through age, frailty or exclusion.

“It enables the most vulnerable within our community a newfound feeling of independence and vastly improves their quality of life. That’s Dial-a-Community Bus’s overall ambition and we are incredibly grateful to Asda for helping us achieve that.”

Julie Ward, Asda Foundation manager, added: “We see the Foundation as one of the many ways to give something back to the communities that support us.

“That’s why we lend a hand to the wide range of good causes which our colleagues are involved, sharing their passion and helping to make a difference through a variety of projects across the UK.”

Buchan Dial-a-Community Bus (DACB) is a growing social enterprise focusing on reducing social exclusion through the provision of high quality community transport and support services.

Originally operated as a weekly service using a borrowed social work minibus driven by off duty police officers in the 1990s, DACB has since evolved into a major transport provider in the Buchan area.