Grant funds independence for older people

A service which helps older people maintain their independence has received a grant for essential supplies of PPE.

Waverley hoppa Community Transport has been awarded £5,000 from the Surrey Coronavirus Response Fund. This is the second grant which hoppa has received from the fund which was set up by Community Foundation for Surrey to help ease the increased demands on organisations that are helping Surrey’s most vulnerable people during the pandemic.

Steve Forward, General Manager for hoppa says: “We are delighted to be given this grant and will be spending every penny on the purchase of a three-month supply of gloves, aprons, masks, hand sanitiser and visors. While this may not seem very exciting, the PPE is vital for providing freedom, choice and independence for many older people who do not have access to other transport.”

“Our door-to-door service allows customers to book in advance for us to pick them up at a time that suits them so they can go shopping, access community services such as the library and attend medical appointments. The grant for PPE means they can use the service with the additional reassurance and confidence of knowing every possible measure is in place to keep them safe.”

During the latest lockdown, hoppa is continuing to operate its services as normal.