£3,000 boost to Waverley hoppa from community transport charity, Care in Haslemere

A volunteer run community transport charity from Haslemere has generously committed to give a total of £3,000 to the popular bus service, Waverley hoppa.

Similarly to hoppa, Care in Haslemere provides transport for people in Haslemere and surrounding villages who have difficulty with or are unable to use public transport. The charity has pledged to give £5 to hoppa for every journey made on the Haslemere Hospital hoppa. Steve Forward, General Manager of hoppa explains: “At its recent AGM, Care in Haslemere presented the first of four cheques to hoppa. They revealed that during the first three months of this financial year, there had been 164 journeys making a fantastic donation of £820.

“Care in Haslemere is a great friend of hoppa, with similar aims and ethos to us so we are very grateful for this gift. Care in Haslemere relies on volunteer drivers who use their own cars to give lifts to users, making it a very personal service. If you would like to support a great local cause, do consider becoming a volunteer with them.”

Grahame Randall, Chairman of Care in Haslemere, added: “Like hoppa, our great assets are our wonderful drivers and booking staff. We are always on the lookout for new volunteers as many of our supporters are retired themselves so step down eventually. If you enjoy being with people and like driving, you could find joining Care in Haslemere to be the perfect volunteering opportunity.”

Drivers with Care in Haslemere are called on to take people to medical appointments and often provide companionship by taking their passenger into the health centre or hospital. Passengers usually need to give three days’ notice so that Care in Haslemere can match them with a driver.

Care in Haslemere operates from an office at the Methodist Church in Haslemere. Drivers use their own cars and have the option of claiming mileage of 45p per mile. Passengers are invited to make a donation to the charity for their journey. As with hoppa, journeys with Care in Haslemere are significantly cheaper than taxis and more convenient than public transport. Care in Haslemere is not able to transport severely disabled people but can provide help to passengers who may have a walking stick or frame.

To volunteer or book a journey with Care in Haslemere, visit the charity’s website at www.careinhaslemere.org.uk or call 01428 652505. Its office is open to take calls on weekdays from 10am to 1pm and until 4pm on Mondays and Fridays. More information about hoppa can be found at www.hoppa.org.uk or by calling 01428681701.

Photo Caption: President Mary Holthouse, Treasurer Jerry Ogilvie and Chairman Dr Grahame Randall from Care in Haslemere present a cheque to Steve Forward (second from right).