Stonehouse care home launches appeal for new mini-bus
Highborder Lodge maintenance man and minibus driver Dave Glynn helps resident Gwen Millin on to the vehicle which needs replacing
A CARE home in Stonehouse has launched an urgent appeal for a new mini-bus to take residents to hospital appointments and on day trips.
Staff at Highborder Lodge residential home in Leonard Stanley have organised a dance and raffle to raise funds to replace their current bus which only has five seats.
They are hoping to buy a 12-14 seat vehicle with wheelchair access for the 42 residents at the home.
Sharon Gay, deputy manager, said: "We are desperate for a new bus and it is very important that we get a larger one that will enable us to continue to take residents to hospital appointments.
"We also want to give them as normal a life as possible by taking them on day trips."
The event takes place at The Whitminster Inn on Saturday, April 6, from 7pm until 1am and there will be music from ska band The Revolvers and Cotswold Discos and a raffle.
A fundraising day in August last year raised around £1,000 and staff are hoping to beat that next month.
Tickets are £5 available from Yew Tree Stores, in King's Stanley, Sunflowers Florist, in Cam, The Woolpack, in Stonehouse, Deans Walk, in Gloucester or from Sharon on 0754 547 9889.