Open Country celebrated the launch of its brand new wheelchair accessible minibus. Members of the charity gathered together with staff, volunteers, trustees and funders to celebrate the arrival of the new minibus. Russ Piper, Chief Executive of Sovereign Health Care, who gave a £7,188 grant towards the new minibus, was invited to cut the ribbon on the new wheels.

The new bus, nicknamed ‘Blue Calypso’ by the charity’s Advisory Group, will be used to transport members and volunteers across the county to take part in walking, cycling, conservation and adventure activities.  The bus has been dedicated to the memory of Roy Bousfield who was a Trustee and benefactor of Open Country.

David Shaftoe, Chief Officer of Open Country, says: “We are incredibly grateful to the Trusts and Foundations which helped to fund the new minibus. At the beginning of 2018 we faced a huge challenge of raising £40,000 to purchase the new bus and thanks to the generosity of many local and national trusts and individuals we are delighted to be launching it today.”

Mr Piper from Sovereign Health Care was pleased to be able to support the fundraising campaign. He says: “Sovereign Health Care has a history of supporting health and wellbeing initiatives throughout Yorkshire, and the opportunity to donate to such an important cause was welcomed by us. Disabled people gaining access to the wonderful countryside we have in Yorkshire is fantastic and we are delighted to have been involved in helping acquire the new minibus.”

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