Generous donor pledges £50,000 for new minibus following theft
17 March 2015
An anonymous donor has pledged £50,000 to Hovenden House to buy a new minibus after their existing one was stolen.
Their previous eight-seater Mercedes Sprinter was stolen from the car park on 13 February.
Accessible minibuses are a lifeline for residents like the 24 disabled people who live at Hovenden House, to get out into the community and be more independent.
The donor, who lives locally and is aware of the work of Hovenden House, called the care home directly after seeing the story in the local newspaper, the Spalding Voice.
Rachel Mayer, care supervisor at Hovenden House, was absolutely thrilled. She said: ‘This is a generous donation and we are extremely grateful.
‘It would have taken us a long time to fundraise for a new wheelchair adapted minibus. We feel very lucky to be in a position to start planning for group activities again. It will give back people’s independence which is so important. We would like to thank the person who gave us the money – it really will make a huge difference.’
Lost for words
Pam Pawson has lived at Hovenden House for 42 years. The 65-year-old, who uses a wheelchair, added: ‘We can’t put into words how delighted we are. We were all so upset when we found out the minibus had been stolen as this gives us our only contact with the local community.
‘Hovenden House is in the countryside and the local transport is not easily accessible for us, so the minibus is extremely valuable.’
Carol Shaw has lived at Hovenden House for three years. The 56-year-old said: ‘This amazing donation just goes to show how kind people are. We are all so happy. Thank you.’
It is hoped that the new custom made minibus, which will have additional security features, will be delivered in a few months.