Hoppa’s fundraising appeal to buy a new bus for Farnham has received a £2,000 boost from Bob and Pat Frost who own the local business BBS Ltd.
Hoppa, the community bus service which operates in Farnham and across Waverley, needs to raise £30,000 to buy a new bus for its Farnham services. The £2,000 donation from BBS Ltd brings the total raised to £19,000.
To show how the donation will be spent, one of the more recent additions to the hoppa fleet recently visited Bob and Pat at their Farnham office. The driver demonstrated the tail lift and showed how much more accessible the newer buses are for people who are unable to manage steps.
Speaking afterwards Mr Frost said: “I’ve known about Hoppa since its inception. I know a lot of people who use it and I think it is a brilliant service. Hoppa is getting tantalisingly close to reaching its £30,000 target and so on behalf of BBS Ltd, we were very happy to give the fundraising campaign a pre-Christmas boost. Despite the fact that hoppa now has two thirds of the money, more is needed. It would be great to see residents and local businesses joining us in supporting this really excellent local cause and I’m sure hoppa would be delighted to hear from anybody who wishes to make a donation.”
BBS Limited is a family-run business which has been based in Farnham for 23 years. As well as selling the whole range of Magimix appliances, it is the authorised supplier of spare parts for Magimix for the whole of the UK. The company can provide parts, accessories and servicing for the most elderly of food processors and has a dedicated team of specialist staff providing advice. Together, the team at BBS has grown a highly successful business.
Rob Stansbury, Chairman of Hoppa thanked the Frosts for the donation, which has invigorated the fundraising appeal: “Although I’ve been hoppa’s chairman for just six months, I am already aware of the invaluable support provided by Bob and Pat Frost. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them both for their generosity.
“Our recent customer satisfaction survey showed how important hoppa is to our customers, how much they value our staff and the way we provide our service. That’s why we are very keen to reduce the age of our fleet and to raise the rest of the money we need for the new bus. It would be amazing to see more local businesses follow BBS’s lead in supporting the purchase of a new bus for some of Farnham’s most vulnerable residents.”
Mr Frost explained why he is so impressed by hoppa: “Having built up our business in Farnham, we know how much hoppa means to its customers. Many of hoppa’s customers are very elderly and can no longer drive. Imagine how you would cope if you didn’t have a car and weren’t able to walk to the shops: the taxi bills would soon mount up and you would face the frightening prospect of losing your independence and becoming isolated. That’s why hoppa is such a lifeline to its Farnham customers and why BBS wanted to help,” says Mr Frost.
Contact BBS limited on 01252 727755 for help or information about new appliances or spare parts. For more information about hoppa’s Farnham service or to make a donation, visit www.hoppa.org.uk.
Bob Frost takes the driving seat. Standing from left to right is Pat Frost, Steve Forward hoppa’s general manager and Rob Stansbury, chairman of hoppa.