New WAV Ford Transit delivered to social centre

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A Ford Transit wheelchair-accessible minibus has been delivered to the Hockley and Hawkwell Social Centre by Stanford Coachworks.

The social centre required a vehicle to pick up those in the local area who have limited mobility.

A wheelchair accessible minibus would provide those otherwise isolated with an opportunity to interact with other peopole and get out of their house for the day.

The minibus features eight passenger seats with space for wheelchair passengers. There is a Palfinger wheelchair lift in the rear and a step on the side door to aid access for those with reduced mobility.

A Stanford Coachworks spokesman commented: “We were delighted to help a great community service that helps so many people and provides great social activities.”

Funds for the minibus were raised by the organisation’s local community, the centre itself and the Lions Club of Rayleigh, along with donations from local businesses and groups.

The Hockley and Hawkwell Social Centre is a lunch club for people aged 55+. It was opened by the Dutchess of Kent 25 years ago.

Activites range from Bingo, Whist, Scrabble, raffles plus live entertainment.