Local housebuilder, Barratt Developments Yorkshire East, has donated £1,000 as part of its Community Fund initiative to vital transport charity, Beverley Community Lift (BCL), to boost the support offered to residents of Beverley, Cottingham, Pocklington, Market Weighton and the surrounding areas.
The chosen cause, Beverley Community Lift, is a key local provider of minibus and car journeys, offered voluntarily for residents who cannot easily use other forms of transport such as elderly, disabled or those who are isolated in rural areas with no ease-of-access to public transportation links.
With the help of the donation from Barratt Developments Yorkshire East’s Community Fund – an initiative which aims to support the communities in which the housebuilder operates with a different chosen charity each month – Beverley Community Lift will be able to continue to provide dependable services in what has been a challenging year, and 50th Anniversary, for the charity. The much-needed funding will go towards BCL’s plans to purchase a new minibus.
Founded in 1970, the organisation has around 400 people who need its support, with 95% of those aged 65 and over. The Beverley Community Lift charity caters to any transport need, from door-to-door minibus shopper to a local supermarket and day trips, to car services for medical and social appointments.
The charity has the aim of increasing access to activities for anyone in the local community who is unable to use other methods of transport regardless of age, abilities, background or financial means.
Daniel Smith, Managing Director at Barratt Developments Yorkshire East commented:
“Beverley Community Lift does a truly fantastic job in offering its support to those in need in the local communities. We hope that our Community Fund donation will help to raise awareness of the vital work that the charity does and help them during this difficult and uncertain time.”
Denise Sowden, Office Volunteer at Beverley Community Lift, said:
“We are truly thankful to Barratt Developments Yorkshire East for choosing us as a Community Fund recipient. It’s a very difficult time for smaller charities at the moment, and funding has been crucial for us to ensure the survival of our charity during the pandemic. We are incredibly grateful for this donation which will help us continue to be there for the local communities today and in the future, as the funds are going towards our new and essential minibus!”
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