‘Lifeline’ bus is stolen in raid on charity garage

Upset: Members at The Little Green Bus charity
Upset: Members at The Little Green Bus charity
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An appeal has been launched to raise money after a lifeline bus for the elderly and infirm was taken by thieves.

The mayor of Ribble Valley, Coun Ian Sayers today blasted the “shameful” theft and now is appealing for help after the vehicle, which helps pensioners in rural area, was stolen.

One of four buses belonging to the charity The Little Green Bus was stolen from a Clitheroe garage last Monday after it had gone in to have some vandalism repaired.

Although the bus was insured, Coun Sayers says they cannot afford to replace it “like for like” and he is appealing for any financial help, or for if anyone has a bus they could borrow or even have.

He says the dial-a-ride service is run by three ladies and volunteer drivers who, each week day, take the borough’s elderly and infirm on shopping trips and days out, picking them up at their doors.

Referring to the theft of the bus as “shameful,” he said: “We have about 200 people all over the Ribble Valley aged from 65 through to 90 plus, who use the bus. It is a wonderful organisation it really is. They do sterling work.

“Also, if someone doesn’t show up, we can notify social services. It is a lifeline for these people.”

At the moment he says the charity is just breaking even and all those who use the service pay for their transport.

If anyone can assist, contact Coun Sayers on 01254 878184.