THE Royal British Legion’s Poppy Break Centre in Bridlington has taken delivery of its brand new minibus.
Thanks to generous donations received from branches of the Legion nationwide, plus the support of the general public, volunteers and staff raising funds throughout the last few years, Alderson House received its £49,500 Mercedes Sprinter minibus last month.
Helen Birkbeck, manager of Alderson House, said: “Having this new bus will make a real difference to the service we offer our guests whilst out on excursions.
“Our old minibus did not seat enough people, especially when we had to remove seats to accommodate wheelchair users.
“The coach seats were also uncomfortable for long journeys and it had no climate control. I thank everyone that had a part in raising this amazing sum of money to enable us to make this purchase.”
The bus seats 16 people plus the driver and is wheelchair accessible using an automatic tail-lift system. To help on long journeys, the minibus is fitted with extra comfort coach seats and has a climate control system.
Guests have already enjoyed trips out and Mac the driver says that it “drives like a dream”.
Alderson House was set up by the Royal British Legion to provide a break for serving and ex-military personnel.