In May this year several committee members attended a Connections session at Holy Trinity Church to talk about the car service and hand out our leaflets. It prompted several new clients to call and book drives so we plan to visit again. Connections is a regular meeting organised by the church for senior villagers.
DONATIONS TO LOCAL CHARITIES
At our Annual General Meeting and summer social gathering on June 22 (pictured right), the car service confirmed that it would be making several donations to local causes. Because our divers do not claim expenses for the drives they undertake, the service has accumulated excess funds, which the committee agreed should be shared between charities.
The first beneficiary was Joseph Clifton, who has Downs Syndrome, and was seeking sponsorship to help him compete in the Senior European Karate championships. We contributed £250. And from a long list of 10 further causes, the committee agreed to make donations of £500 to four of them: Cheer (Concern & Help for East Elmbridge Retired); Claygate Youth and Community Hub; Elmbridge Dementia Services; and Elmbridge Community Transport. The last two services combined to provide transport and tea for Alzheimer’s sufferers and their carers in July at a community centre in Thames Ditton, attended by about 70 people enjoying tea and dancing to a band. Two Elmbridge Community Transport mini buses ferried people to and from the venue.