Thursday, 16 September 2021

Flag day for 30th birthday of Handybus

THE Henley Handybus will celebrate its 30th birthday with a flag day tomorrow (Saturday).

THE Henley Handybus will celebrate its 30th birthday with a flag day tomorrow (Saturday).

The charity‘s new bus will be parked in Market Place so visitors can have a look inside.

There will also be a collection and people who donate will receive a HandyBus sticker.

The Henley HandyBus service was started in 1985 by Henley Lions Club when a bus was bought following a fund-raising campaign.

Chairman Phil Perry said: “Today, the HandyBus is still true to the founding principles of serving people in and around Henley — people who do not have transport and those with mobility  difficulties.

“The beauty is we collect passengers right from their front doors, take them out and return them home.

“Keeping people connected with their community and their pals is terribly important when in many cases without the Handybus they would be cut off and lonely.“

The Henley Handybus currently provides services for organisations including the Henley Stroke Club, the Over-60s Club, the Meteor Club, care homes and others. It also offers a shopping trip to Reading twice a month.

Mr Perry said: “Most trips are covered by bus passes so it‘s free at the point of use and when we make trips to local attractions there is only a modest charge. Trips connecting with the Salter‘s Steamers from Caversham to Henley have been particularly popular this year, as have trips to Thame Market and the Savill Garden in Windsor.“

• Tesco sponsors the charity‘s two buses by cleaning them inside and out every two weeks free of charge.

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