Hoppa receives European funding for new bus

A new hoppa patient transport bus has gone into service thanks to LEADER funding of nearly £28,000 from the Rural Development Programme for England.

This is the second LEADER grant which hoppa has received from the scheme in the past two years. The new bus is being used initially to transport non-emergency patients to hospital or to their home. Hoppa operates the service on behalf of South Central Ambulance Service.

Steve Forward, General Manager at hoppa says: “The patient transport contract has enabled us to hire more drivers and provide a service to people who have no other means of transport – particularly those in rural areas. The South Central Ambulance service covers a large area so our driver could be tasked with picking up somebody from the south coast on one day and picking up somebody from a London hospital the next. We are delighted to have received this funding for a new bus because being able to transport patients efficiently, safely and in comfort is important to us.”

The grant covered 80% of the total cost. The remainder was covered by hoppa and other fundraising activity.