Lions donate £1,000 to Hospital hoppa service

Godalming’s Hospital hoppa service has received a £1,000 donation from the Godalming and Villages Lions Club. The money was raised from a quiz night and will go towards the running costs of this highly-valued local service.

Hospital hoppa is one of four services run by Waverley hoppa Community Transport for people living in and around Godalming who do not have access to transport.

Steve Forward, the General Manager of Waverley hoppa says: “Hospital hoppa is a vital and quite often, a lower cost transport option for people needing to access health facilities in Godalming, Guildford and Haslemere. We rely heavily on grants to run this service and so we are very grateful to have received this donation from the Lions. It’s extremely generous and I would like to thank the club for putting on the quiz to raise money for us.”

The idea of supporting Godalming’s Hospital hoppa came from one of the Lions’ members who is also a driver for the service. Tony Peto, President of the Godalming Lions comments: “Hoppa is such a worthy cause. The hospital service is a lifeline to its users, particularly in a rural community like ours, and is vital for people who need to get to medical appointments but who do not have a car or can no longer drive.”

Godalming and Villages Lions raise around £10,000 a year for local organisations through collections and activities such as fetes and quizzes but they need more members to maintain this level of funding. The Lions currently has 25 members and meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 8pm. The club welcomes both men and women and no experience is necessary. More information is available from the club’s website, www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/godalminguk/ or by contacting the membership secretary Cyril Netley on 01483 423011.

Information about hoppa’s services can be found at www.hoppa.org.uk.

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Caption: From left to right the picture shows Godalming Lions Alan Hill, Ted Beauchamp, Steve Forward from hoppa, Eric Hunt, Steve Vickery and Lions President Tony Peto.