A £1,000 grant from The Farnham Institute Charity has helped hoppa Waverley Community Transport move a step closer towards resuming its door to door transport service.
The grant is being put towards the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) so that drivers and passengers can travel safely when the service reopens.
Steve Forward, general manager at hoppa says: “Generally, our services are used by those people who are most at risk from COVID-19 so we need to do everything we can to protect and reassure them”.
“We’ve estimated that it will cost around £20,000 to buy the PPE we need for just one year. This is not a cost we had budgeted for, so we are having to look to other sources of income to ensure we have enough gloves, face masks and hand sanitiser. We are extremely grateful to The Farnham Institute Charity for their grant and for continuing to be such a loyal supporter of our service.”
Waverley hoppa Community Transport provides low cost transport for people who have no other means of travel. In 2019, an average of 2,000 journeys per month were provided to people who rely on hoppa for their independence. Customers book their ride in advance and, at a prearranged time they are picked up from their home and taken to their destination which could be the shops, a garden centre or a medical appointment.
Hoppa’s services will remain closed until the government is able to lift restrictions sufficiently to enable dial-a-ride and other services to resume safely and responsibly. The customer services team has updated regular customers and continues to be available to answer queries on 01428 681701 between 8am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.