Passengers who use the Hospital Hoppa service are the latest people to benefit from a grant from GOLO, the Godalming Lottery. GOLO has awarded Hospital hoppa, the community bus service which provides low cost, accessible transport to and from health facilities in Guildford, Haslemere and Godalming, a grant of £500.
“GOLO is delighted to make a donation to the hoppa service which provides essential transport for people to access the Royal Surrey County Hospital for appointments, treatment and to visit close relatives,” says Joy Poulter MBE, Awards Administrator at GOLO.
Speaking on behalf of hoppa, Steve Forward, General Manager thanked GOLO for the grant: “Our passengers will greatly benefit from this grant. Without support from excellent organisations in our own community, just like GOLO, we simply couldn’t operate. I’d like to thank everyone who has bought a lottery ticket from GOLO for helping us provide a friendly, accessible and affordable service to hoppa’s passengers.”
All of hoppa’s other services are pre-booked, door-to-door and wheelchair accessible, and operate across the borough of Waverley.
Around 32% of approximately 1,400 passenger trips made last year on the Hospital hoppa were from Godalming and surrounding villages. Journeys made using Hospital hoppa are non-emergency trips made by people who are not eligible for free NHS transport but who nevertheless need vehicles which are wheelchair-accessible or who are unable to travel independently or use the more expensive option of a taxi.
GOLO is Godalming’s awarding-winning community lottery run by volunteers and which provides grants to local good causes. Anybody who buys a ticket has the chance to win a top prize of £500 or 16 other cash prizes. More information is available at www.golo.org.uk.
Caption (Left to right) – GOLO Awards Administrator Joy Poulter MBE, driver Gail Weingartner, hoppa’s general manager Steve Forward and GOLO Treasurer Ian Coult.