Daventry Area Community Transport (DACT) has unveiled the latest addition to its fleet of minibuses after a marathon fundraising effort.
The 16-seat Mercedes Sprinter Treka will be put to use ferrying passengers on trips and days out across the county and will help the charity continue in its mission to provide affordable transport to those who need it across Daventry.
‘What we do is truly for the community by the community’
The purchase of the £67,000 minibus, which replaces an older vehicle sold earlier this year, was made possible through grants from a large number of trusts as well as contributions from Northamptonshire County Council’s ‘Empowering Councillor’s Fund’ and Daventry District Council’s capital grants for community groups.
Many of DACT’s 200 affiliated community groups have also contributed to the cost of this vehicle through fundraising events and donations.
Rob Kinning, chief executive at DACT, said how grateful the group is for the continued support it receives from the community. He said: “People raise funds for us and often we don’t know anything about it until they donate the money. It seems to be harder to get grant funding but we have always managed to get to our target each time we need to purchase a new vehicle.”
Mr Kinning said DACT regularly sells on its older minibuses to keep down maintenance costs and ensure reliability. The new vehicle has an improved specification making it more suitable for larger passengers and those with disabilities.
Collectively DACT’s buses, cars and mobility scooters provide 65,000 journeys on annual basis. There are approximately 170 volunteers working for their communities across the district, with the work undertaken far exceeding just driving.
Many volunteers become friends or helpers. Mr Kinning added: “We pride ourselves as being the DACT family – everyone at DACT and the passengers, many of whom become firm supporters and fundraisers, are all part of the DACT family. What we do is truly for the community by the community.”
If you would like to learn more about DACT or volunteer, call 01327 701665 or visit their offices at the Abbey on Market Place, Daventry.