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Charity for elderly ‘needs a miracle’

Charity Re-Connect are going to have to stop their community transport service because they cannot get any funding. They help more than 25,000 people in the district by providing buses to allow elderly people to go shopping/doctors etc.
Pictured: Chief Officer Helen Smith

Charity Re-Connect are going to have to stop their community transport service because they cannot get any funding. They help more than 25,000 people in the district by providing buses to allow elderly people to go shopping/doctors etc. Pictured: Chief Officer Helen Smith

Thousands of elderly and disabled people could be left housebound if a community transport charity is allowed to go bust.

Re-Connect is a lifeline to 25,000 people across the district who rely on its Wakeybus to get to doctors, supermarkets and social clubs.

But the volunteer run transport service will grind to a halt by the end of the month unless more cash can be found.

The charity also said there is only enough money to run its other services, including gardening and befriending, for another four months.

Helen Smith, manager, said: “There are 25,000 people that use our services in Wakefield and in the region of a 180 different groups use our transport.

“I am very worried about the people that rely on us - what are they going to do when we are gone? We are the only community transport in Wakefield that covers the whole of the area.

“Things are very, very dire and we need a miracle.”

The charity was set up in 2002 and charges people a small fee to use its transport services but it relies on funding and donations.

It costs around £5,500 each month to keep Re-Connect going, with £4,500 needed for the Wakeybus scheme.

Their last big grant, which came from the BIG Lottery Fund, is running out and a recent application for cash has been turned down.

Mrs Smith said: “The charity has been going for nine years and when we’re gone it is going to be very hard to set up anything else like Re-Connect.”

To donate or sponsor the charity call 01924 274400.

 

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