A Shropshire care company has made use of a £15,000 donation to buy a new wheelchair-friendly minibus for community outings.
Coverage Care Services, an independent provider of 14 care home across the country, used the donation from Telford-based Fodens Solicitors to purchase the vehicle for Montgomery House in Shrewsbury following a request from residents.
Haf Evans, activities Coordinator for the home, spoke of the residents’ delight at going on more spontaneous trips as well as organised outings.
She said: “Residents were asked to fill in a questionnaire on what they wished the donation to be spent on and the majority said a minibus. It was very much their choice and we have been here, there and everywhere in it.
“Residents have enjoyed outings to take part in a Dementia Friendly Choir Service, coffee mornings and other activities.
“It’s incredibly important to us that our residents get to take part in activities outside of the home and the new bus is making this much easier for everyone.”
The donation was made to the home’s Comfort Fund following the opening of Fodens Solicitors head office.
Residents then made the request for the minibus in a survey.
Coverage Care chief executive Chris Wall said: “We are very grateful to Fodens for choosing to support Montgomery House and we feel residents and staff have made a magnificent decision.
“The new minibus is helping residents to get out and about in the community more, socialise and take part in activities outside of the home, which is tremendous.”
Montgomery House is a purpose built 90-bed home which opened in November 2016. It has four units offering residential, nursing and dementia care.