Helping a charitable transportation service for the elderly and disabled to buy a brand new minibus.

BARN (Bromsgrove and Redditch Network) is a volunteer network in Redditch. Their free-to-ride minibus (BURT) makes about 6,000 journeys a year, providing a lifeline to isolated members of the community. BURT transports those with dementia, the elderly and disabled and carers in need of respite to their destinations. Some passengers have mobility issues and cannot use public transport.

BARN’s transportation service for the elderly and disabled helps people get to dementia clubs, fitness classes for people with disabilities and life-after-stroke sessions. Without the service, many would no longer have the means to visit friends, attend health appointments or even go shopping. Until recently, this vital service was under threat: the current minibus is old and unreliable. Its constant need for repair was causing cancellations and preventing BARN from expanding the service.

The Axis Foundation’s donation of £5000 will go towards the purchase of a new minibus so that BURT can continue to help vulnerable and isolated people get to their destinations.

“This will make such a huge difference to so many people,” Gary Roskell, who runs the charity, commented. “BURT is more than just a transportation service for the elderly and disabled. For our users we’re a lifeline, and it is heartbreaking when we have to cancel journeys because our current minibus has broken down again. We can’t thank the Axis Foundation enough for this.”