Honiton charity TRIP left £10,000

PUBLISHED: 12:00 09 October 2015

The manager of TRIP Community Transport, Neil Hurlock.

The manager of TRIP Community Transport, Neil Hurlock.

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The money will be put towards the purchase of a new wheelchair-accessible bus, which the charity has been steadily fundraising for.

Honiton-based mobility charity TRIP has received a big financial boost after a woman who recently died left the organisation £10,000 in her will.

Neil Hurlock, TRIP’s office manager, said he knew the woman well – but the generous donation ‘came out of the blue’.

The money will be put towards the purchase of a new wheelchair-accessible bus, which the charity has been steadily fundraising for.

Mr Hurlock said: “The lady had been involved with TRIP and the voluntary car service for many years, and she used it for many years.

“We are really pleased – it is fantastic that she has been able to leave that for us. It is a great help in fundraising to acquire this vehicle.

“She was a lovely lady and I regularly chatted to her when she made her way up and down New Street. I had no idea she was going to leave the charity this money.”

TRIP is currently in the process of raising funds to buy the new £29,000 wheelchair-accessible vehicle.

Before the donation, the charity had raised around £9,000, with £5,000 of the total coming from a grant issued by the Norman Family Trust, based in Budleigh Salterton.

TRIP’s current minibus has more than 100,000 miles on the clock, and Mr Hurlock says the aim is to get an upgrade before the charity has to splash out on some large bills.

He added: “It’s lovely to think this lady has thought so much of TRIP and the voluntary car service, and that she was willing to donate to us.

“It’s nice to have recognition of how important the voluntary car service is to people.”

Mr Hurlock is now appealing to the community to rally behind the fundraising drive so the charity can push the paperwork through for the new vehicle.

“If we were to get another £5,000 over the next few weeks, that will then enable us to place the order,” he said.

“That will then give us another couple of months to get the last £4,000 needed.”

Anyone who wishes to donate can visit Mr Hurlock and the TRIP team at their offices in New Street or call 01404 46529.

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