Today the Jumbulance Trust took official receipt of a brand new Jumbulance, which is part-coach, part-ambulance and will make leisure and holiday travel possible for the disabled, severely ill, elderly and infirm.
It cost over £350,000 which was raised through fundraising, donations and legacies. It will benefit children and adults with disabling and often terminal conditions such as cerebral palsy, cancer and multiple sclerosis.
The launch at the London Eye was joined by Paralympic swimmer and former Disability Rights Commissioner, Chris Holmes. The event marked the start of a countrywide tour to visit those who have benefited from and supported the Trust.
It also formed the launch of a new Appeal to secure donations towards another new Jumbulance. It is essential to continue to replace the rest of the fleet, which is now approaching 20 years old and which will become increasingly uneconomic to maintain.
Chris Holmes MBE, said:
"Sport, travel and leisure are activities that should be open to everyone - but sadly this is not always the case. The Jumbulance Trust provides disabled people with the precious opportunity to get to sporting events, offering them the inspiration to get involved and to fulfill their own sporting aspirations. With more opportunities for disabled sport, Jumbulance is a really worthwhile cause and is helping disabled people from all backgrounds and regions participate in these sporting events"
The Jumbulance provides facilities for those who would otherwise remain home, hospital, or hospice-bound due to the stress or difficulties of travel. The specialist features and medical equipment on board the vehicle enable day-to-day and emergency care on the move. Through the assurance of care it removes the fear and difficulty of travel and brings expanded horizons and new hope to people who can easily become isolated from society.
Reference: You can make a vital donation to the charity at www.newbusappeal.org.uk or www.jumbulance.org.uk/supportus.html. You can show your support for the Trust by joining the Facebook group 'Support the Jumbulance'. If you would like to volunteer please contact the Jumbulance Trust office by calling +44 (0) 1582 831444 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about the Trust can be found at www.jumbulance.org.uk