Charity appeals for help

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A charity which owns and restores classic buses has launched an urgent appeal to secure its future. Nottingham Heritage Vehicles Charity was founded in 1999 and awarded charitable status in 2014. The group has more than 20 vehicles in its collection based at the art deco former Trent depot, still owned by parent group Wellglade, at Hucknall, Nottingham.

Trustee Simon Lowings said: “Our building does not lend itself to social distancing and we have had to cancel all our events for the foreseeable future. Apart from a small council grant and photo sales we are reliant on our trustees and members for helping keep us in existence as we have no other ways of generating income from our usual fundraising channels. Therefore we are asking people for their help.

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“We want to continue our work in the community – for people to enjoy time with us while preserving a little of our transport heritage for everyone. We also work with those on the autistic spectrum; those dealing with loneliness and anxiety amongst others. Many others learn new skills in retirement or indeed towards returning to the workplace.”

Simon added: ”We still have bills to pay though our landlords have been brilliant.”

Anyone who can help can log on to nottinghamheritagevehicles.co.uk, view the group’s Facebook page and follow the donation link, or donate directly to the Nottingham Heritage Vehicles bank account, sort code 40-35-18, account number 54665139. Alternatively cheques payable to HHVCcan be sent to Nottingham Heritage Vehicles Charity, c/o 49 Valley View, Mansfield, Notts NG18 4US.

NHVC is based at a former Trent depot in Hucknall, Notts. The charity, which works with people dealing with lonliness and anxiety as well as those on the autistic spectrum, says it has had to cancel all its events which it relies on for funding. NVHC
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