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New minibuses for Vitalise





6 February 2013

Vitalise drivers in front of new accessible minibus fleet

Vitalise takes delivery of new minibus fleet

Vitalise has taken delivery of a fleet of new accessible minibuses this month.

The nine new minibuses, specially adapted to carry wheelchair users were handed over to Vitalise CEO Chris Simmonds at a special ceremony in Martock, Somerset, on Friday 1 February.

The purchase of four of the minibuses by Vitalise was made possible thanks to a fundraiser hosted by Samantha Cameron in November last year. The purchase of the other five minibuses was made possible thanks to financing from Barclays Bank plc.

The minibuses were adapted for accessibility by Red Kite Minibuses of Wimborne, Dorset and fitted with wheelchair fastening systems by Unwins Safety Systems of Martock, Somerset.

The keys were ceremonially handed over to Vitalise by John Maskell, Managing Director of Red Kite Minibuses of Wimborne, and Andrew Creese, CEO of Unwins Safety Systems. The ceremony was also attended by Mark Self, Barclays Head of Mid-Corporate Banking for Bristol and Somerset, and Vitalise Trustee Tim Prideaux, among others.

Vitalise CEO Chris Simmonds commented:

“This year Vitalise celebrates its golden anniversary and, on behalf of the thousands of people with disabilities and carers that we support each year, I would like to thank Samantha Cameron and Barclays for the perfect birthday present.

“The buses will now be heading to our three respite holiday centres around the country, where they will enable us to give our guests the opportunity to experience the best this country has to offer and enjoy truly memorable and much-needed respite breaks.”

The fleet of nine minibuses have been deployed to Vitalise’s three respite break centres and will be used to transport the centres’ guests on accessible excursions to attractions and places of interest around the centres, as an integral part of their holiday experience.

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